5G Core Security: Assessing Commercial Readiness
Date / Time: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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After several years of product and standards development, the deployment of the 5G Core (5GC) is now transitioning to the commercial reality phase. While this will unquestionably propel the next service innovation cycle, there are a significant number of security considerations to be addressed.

To fully understand 5GC-related security implications and challenges, Heavy Reading, in collaboration with A10, Ericsson, HPE and NetNumber, recently created and fielded a detailed 5GC security-focused survey designed to provide granular insights into 5G security readiness and deployment trends.

This webinar will provide a readout of several key survey findings. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Drivers that will trigger a 5G Non-standalone NSA (4G core) deployment to migrate to a 5GC SA deployment.
  • 5GC implementation timelines.
  • 5GC security general and network layer specific confidence levels.
  • Key attributes of an effective 5G core network security strategy.
  • The role of authentication-related functions in threat detection and mitigation.
  • The security impacts of network slicing.
  • The role of automation in securing the 5GC.
  • 5GC security feature and standards implementation timelines.

Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Terry Young, Director - 5G Marketing, A10 Networks | bio
Pieter Veenstra, Senior Manager Product Development – Security and Routing , NetNumber | bio

Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Terry Young is Director of 5G Marketing at A10 Networks. She is responsible for developing programs and marketing material that describe business value of A10 solutions for mobile network operators and other service providers. Prior to A10 Networks, Terry has 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry, including AT&T (mobile and fixed businesses), where she developed market strategy recommendations for new business initiatives for AT&T. As a principal analyst for a syndicated market research company early in the 3G technology introduction, her 3G/4G market analysis and forecasts were published by the UMTS Forum. She also previously held positions with several start-up mobile infrastructure and software vendors, including Infoblox and Palo Alto Networks. Terry has an MBA from Arizona State University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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In his role as Senior Manager Product Development at NetNumber, Pieter’s focus are security and fraud. This refers to 5G security and signaling firewalls that protect mobile roaming traffic. For fraud these are the NetNumber Guaranteed Caller™ solutions for the STIR/SHAKEN variants and the real-time fraud detecting and blocking solutions for Wangiri, Robocalling, IRSF, CLI Refiling and alike.

End 2019 he was elected for a 2-year term as chairman of the GSMA FASG RIFS group which follows his editorships on Signaling Firewalls for SS7 (FS.11), Diameter (FS.19) and general items (FS.21) to protect international roaming traffic between MNOs. He is also the lead of the investigations in the GSMA on the open issues for 5G Security and being editor in the i3forum on CLI anti-spoofing solutions.

During his 30-yr career at KPN, Pieter held a wide range of key positions as technology expert of SS7, IMS and IPX networks, and assisted the KPN Board of Directors as enterprise architect. For many years, Pieter represented KPN in standardisation of SS7, IMS and IPX in ETSI, ITU and 3GPP. Since 2003 he is guest lecturer at the leading Technical University of Delft. Pieter holds multiple SS7 and IMS patents.

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Ayman Elnashar received the B.Sc. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical communications engineering in 1995, 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has 22+ years of experience in telecoms industry. He was part of three major start-up mobile/fixed operators in MENA region (Orange/Egypt, Mobily/KSA, and du/UAE) and held key leadership positions. Currently, he is Head (VP) of Technology Planning with the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. "du", UAE. He is the founder of the Terminal Innovation Lab and UAE 5G innovation Gate.

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Francois is a Senior Solutions Architect in the Red Hat’s Telco Technology Office and collaborates with telecom service providers and partners across EMEA. Passionate about security, Francois leads the NFV security domain and is the Red Hat’s technical interface to the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI). Before Red Hat, he spent more than 15 years contributing to network evolution especially towards cloud platforms.

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