In order to benefit from the significant advantages in 5G including 10-20 times of data speed increase, ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC), and massive machine to machine (M2M) communication, it is essential to secure 5G against adversarial threats and also address the spectrum sharing/utilization challenges associated with the most desired frequency ranges. The INL Wireless Security Institute has been launched to advance and focus research efforts at a national level on challenges associated with the secure use of 5G (and beyond), as well as the related spectrum challenges. This initial workshop will frame current security and spectrum challenges, 3GPP Security Standards improvements with 5G, how these improvements can be utilized and built into 5G use with proper configurations, and secure solution for areas not addressed by 3GPP yet.
Basheer Nasir Ahmed
Head of Business Development – Cybersecurity – Nokia Software
Mr. Ahmed is a seasoned Telecommunications veteran with over 19 years of wireline, wireless and broadband Industry experience across cybersecurity, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud and IP consulting, engineering, sales development, product management, marketing, and executive level management functions. He has worked with carriers, vendors, and government bodies globally. As a consultant and thought leader, his expertise is in bringing value for investment for clients, managing the risk impact of disruptive technologies and leveraging emerging technologies to accelerate competitive advantage and performance. His work has encompassed establishing security practices; devising strategies for monetizing technology investments; services and product differentiation through market analysis and competitive positioning; business model development; risk mitigation and contingency planning; vendor selection and contract negotiations. Most recently, Mr. Ahmed has been working on Security and Risk analysis of wireless networks deploying small cells and introducing VoLTE in the Service provider Sectors.
Mr. Ahmed has co-authored a white paper on “Secure LTE: A Revenue Opportunity for Operators” has been published by Heavy Reading; he has been a speaker at many security conferences namely, Mobile Network Security Strategies conference in New York, CTIA, CCA, and many local Cybersecurity events.
Wayne Austad is the Technical Director of the Cybercore Integration Center at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), acting as the CTO for cybersecurity R&D and leading national university collaborations on controls systems cybersecurity. Cybercore’s mission is to build an ecosystem of enduring national partnerships on an impactful R&D agenda and accelerate workforce force development. Previously, he was Director of a mission center that developed new analysis methods for targeted cyber threats, provided technical context for prioritizing mitigations, and new paradigms for information sharing between government leaders and industry. Over a 28 year INL career, he has been the technical leader or advisor to many of the foundational programs within INL’s National & Homeland Security Directorate including the Wireless Test Bed, the Critical Infrastructure Test Range, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, and Cybersecurity R&D programs.
Arupjyoti (Arup) Bhuyan is a wireless researcher in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Technical Director of the INL Wireless Security Institute. The focus of his research is on secure implementation of future generations of wireless communications with scientific exploration and engineering innovations across the fields of wireless technology, cybersecurity, and computational science. Specific goals are to assure communications among critical infrastructure systems supporting control of the electric grid, emergency response, and nationwide unmanned aerial systems. Arup has extensive industry experience in wireless communications from his work before he joined INL in October, 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Yale University. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Kurt Derr has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho.
His research has included algorithms for the movement of robotic swarms based on wireless signal detection, predictive wireless traffic analysis, wireless localization, wireless sensor network configuration, and 4th generation (LTE) cellular vulnerability discovery and exploitation. Kurt has worked as a Computer Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory since 1986 and has taught courses as Affiliate Faculty at the University of Idaho. His most recent work is in the development of a wireless discovery, signal identification, and mapping tool, and 5th generation (5G) cellular systems vulnerability research.
Daniel J. Elmore
Director, Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience
Executive Director, INL Wireless Security Institute
National & Homeland Security
Idaho National Laboratory
Dan Elmore is the Director of the Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience division in the National & Homeland Security directorate at the Idaho National Laboratory. He also serves as the Executive Director of the INL Wireless Security Institute. Mr. Elmore provides strategic leadership in support of the research, development, and deployment of engineered solutions to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure. Significant focus areas for his organization are resilient control systems, electric power grid security, spectrum sharing, and wireless communications challenges targeted at large infrastructure, as well as military systems and platforms. Mr. Elmore has been a senior leader on INL’s national security team since 2013.
Mr. Elmore is a retired Air Force colonel with more than 27 years of active duty military experience leading organizations comprised of military, civilian, and contractor teams performing cyber operations support, communications systems, and networks engineering, national and nuclear command and control systems operations, and Continuity of Government and contingency operations planning. His last active duty assignment was at the Pentagon where he directed the largest single cyberspace office in Air Force Headquarters.
Prior to the Pentagon, Mr. Elmore served in a variety of positions and locations, including the White House, U.S. Strategic Command, Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. His extensive operational experience, coupled with a fundamental knowledge of critical infrastructure and its relationship to mission assurance, exposure to the inner workings of federal and intelligence agencies, as well as broad exposure to specialized and classified capabilities, helps to advance National & Homeland Security programs.
Mr. Elmore attained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, Master’s degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and Master’s degree in Computer & Information Resources Management from Webster University. He is a Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, and a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers.
Scott Friedman currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this capacity he advises the Director and CISA leadership on a range of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and national resilience issues. Mr. Friedman’s portfolio focuses on supply chain issues and broad risk management associated with threats and vulnerabilities related to national security.
Prior to coming to DHS in September of 2018, Mr. Friedman worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP as a member of the Supply Chain practice and is an expert in supply chain risk and the intersection of government and commercial supply chains. His background is in multi-faceted due diligence assessments across borders with an emphasis on sector consolidation and early warning risk identification. He has served as an advisor to senior and executive level clients across all branches of the Department of Defense and several Fortune 100 companies.
Before his work with Deloitte Mr. Friedman served as an officer in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed twice to Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and held progressive levels of leadership in areas of strategy, operations and logistics. His military honors include the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Friedman has a B.A. in International Studies from American University.
Dr. Monisha Ghosh is serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) since Jan. 13, 2020. Prior to this, she was at NSF as a rotating Program Director since September 2017, in the Computer and Network System (CNS) division within the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) where she managed wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program. Dr. Ghosh is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, with a joint appointment at the Argonne National Laboratories, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems and spectrum coexistence. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986.
Dr. Ismail Guvenc (senior member, IEEE) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of South Florida in 2006. He was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs during 2005, with DOCOMO Innovations between 2006-2012, and with Florida International University between 2012-2016. Since 2016, he has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. His recent research interests include 5G wireless systems, communications and networking with drones, and heterogeneous wireless networks. He has published more than 130 conference/journal papers and book chapters, and several standardization contributions. He co-authored/co-edited three books for Cambridge University Press, served as an editor for IEEE Communications Letters (2010-2015) and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (2011-present), and as a guest editor for several other journals. Dr. Guvenc is an inventor/coinventor some 30 U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the FIU College of Engineering Faculty Research Award (2016), NSF CAREER Award (2015), Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2014), and USF Outstanding Dissertation Award (2006).
Mark Kneidinger, a career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), is Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this position, he will work with the CIO to oversee the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio, serves as an advisor to the CIO, and will lead the digital transformation of the Department of Energy for the CIO’ office.
Prior to this role, Mr. Kneidinger was Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Risk Management Center (NRMC), within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), where he worked directly with Federal agencies and private sector on risk management and guidance for national critical infrastructure sectors.
Previously, Mr. Kneidinger had been the Director of the Federal Network Resilience (FNR) Division within CISA’s Office of Cybersecurity, leading FNR’s activity in representing and supporting implementation of DHS Cyber Programs to all 99 Executive Branch Departments & Agencies in collaboration with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Security Council (NSC), the Federal CIO Council and individual agency CIOs and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs).
Mr. Kneidinger also served as a White House appointee in support of positions as Deputy Assistant Secretary and CIO at the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. In addition, over the course of his more than 40-year career in the technology field, Mr. Kneidinger has held IT executive leadership positions in the commercial sector of Fortune 100 Corporations, including roles as CTO, Vice President and Managing Partner. Mr. Kneidinger also held CIO positions at the state government level in New York and Virginia.
Frank Konieczny, a Senior Level Executive, is the Air Force Chief Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He has primary responsibility to advance the Information Technology landscape of the Air Force. His current focus areas include developing the future technical target baseline, mobility enterprise solutions, data management, Identity, Credential and Access Management access/claims management, mesh networks, artificial intelligence/quantum capabilities, cyber and technology innovation pathfinders and advancing the Joint Information Environment.
Mr. Konieczny has completed advanced degrees in computer science engineering and administrative science, and in 1987 he completed all coursework for a doctorate in computer science. He has extensive experience as a systems analyst and chief programmer, working with a variety of firms including Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC and General Research Corporation. He has supported the programming and analytical analysis for a wide spectrum of government projects including ballistic
missile defense, network design, missile test analysis, radar systems analysis and simulation, and operations research and statistical analysis. Mr. Konieczny would go on to serve as a project manager, business unit manager, Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer. He has managed more than 20 significant government sector programs involving multiple large and small business subcontractors and academic institutions in areas of Army and Navy manpower, logistics, force structure, undersea warfare, real time statistical analysis, biometric authentication, enterprise architecture, work flow management and simulation and modeling.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Konieczny was employed for 10 years with AT&T Government Solutions professional services business unit. He served as the CIO, CTO and Executive Director for Operations where he managed internal research and development efforts; multi-location infrastructure management and upgrade; process improvement and standardization; support organization coordination; and development of technical solutions for a wide spectrum of projects within the government sector.
Sneha Kumar Kasera
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering
Professor, School of Computing
I am leading the Advanced Networked Systems Research (ANSR) Lab that I founded in 2003.
My research interests include networks and systems – technologies, protocols and applications encompassing mobile and pervasive systems and wireless networks, security, privacy, and reliability, Internet of Things, crowdsourcing, dynamic spectrum access, network resource management, network measurements and models, and social network applications.
Recent Professional Activities
- Program Co-chair – IEEE WoWMoM Symposium 2020
- Program Co-chair – ACM WiSec Conference 2017
- Program Co-chair – ACM MobiCom Conference 2015
- Steering Committee Member – IEEE SECON, 2012 – 2018
- Associate Editor – IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2011 – 2015
- Associate Editor – IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2009 – 2013
- Program Co-chair – IEEE ICNP 2011
- Program Co-chair – IEEE SECON 2011
Bagley College of Engineering
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. – Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona Tech)
Dr. Marojevic received his M.S. degree from the University of Hannover, Germany, in electrical engineering. Prior to joining Mississippi State University he was with Wireless@Virginia Tech, where he built and managed Virginia Tech’s LTE and cognitive radio testbeds, among others. His research interests are in resource management, LTE, New Radio, V2X, physical layer security, spectrum sharing, software radios, millimeter wave communications, artificial intelligence, and wireless network virtualization with application to commercial communications and networking, mission-critical networks, and unmanned aircraft systems and autonomous and connected vehicles. His goals are to build a strong research program that addresses both fundamental and practical research questions, and to develop new tools for hands-on education.
Jacobus (Kobus) Van Der Merwe
I am the Jay Lepreau Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah and a director in the Flux Research Group. I came to Utah in August 2012 after more than fourteen years at AT&T Labs – Research in New Jersey. I received the AT&T Science and Technology Medal in 2010 for my work on Intelligent Route Control. In 2015 I received the USENIX Test of Time award for developing a logically centralized BGP routing controller, which was an important step towards the centralized routing controllers of Software-Defined Networks. I have broad interest in networking systems research including network management, control and operation, mobile networking, network evolution, network security and cloud computing.