Wireless Security Workshop Portal

Open 5G Systems • June 2021
Idaho National Laboratory’s Wireless Security Institute welcomes you to its third Wireless Security Workshop.


  • Focus on critical issues for the security and resilience of Open 5G Systems and Architecture
  • Initiate 6G security discussions to build security into the new capabilities that 6G will bring beyond 5G
  • Summarize work in progress or planned for the Open 5G Systems and identify areas of needed or increased security focus.
  • Discuss and summarize recommendations to:
    • Secure Open RAN Implementations
    • Embed Zero Trust concepts into new 5G networks

All Day Participation

Throughout the workshop, go to: https://join.groupmap.com/B46-42E-5EA and add your responses and insights to these topics:

  • What are the key activities needed to secure open RAN implementations?

  • What are the key activities needed to embed Zero Trust concepts into new 5G networks?

  • What actions would strengthen collaboration at the national level on 6G security?

  • Are you involved with or interested in any 5G/6G/Wireless Security efforts?

Input will be discussed during the Facilitated Sessions.

Agenda and Speakers

Welcome and Opening RemarksDan Elmore, Arup Bhuyan, Idaho National Laboratory
Open 5G & Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)Dan Massey, Operate Through 5G Lead
Open 5G & National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (NTIA/ITS)Julie Kub, Chief, Telecommunications Engineering, Analysis, and Modeling Division; Margaret Pinson, Project Lead for 5G
Break 10:00 – 10:30 AM MST


Open, Programmable, Secure 5G (OPS-5G)Jonathan Smith, Program Manager, DARPA
Open RAN SecurityMike Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia North America
Open 5G Security – Opportunities and ChallengesAshutosh Dutta, Co-Chair, IEEE Future Networks
Break 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM MST


5G SecurityKabir Kasargod, QGOV Senior Director, Qualcomm
Open 5G in Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research (POWDER)Sneha Kasera, Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Marwe, University of Utah


Facilitated Input Gathering on Summary and Future Work

Opening Session

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr Dan MasseyDr. Dan Massey leads the Operate Through portion of the DoD 5G to NextG Initiative.  Operate Through aims to ensure DoD can securely operate through commercial 5G networks across the globe.  Dr. Massey has more than 25 years of research and management experience and is the author over 100 peer reviewed publications on networking and cyber security, including co-editor of the DNS Security Standard (RFCs 4033, 4034, and 4035) and early work on Named Data Networking. Dr. Massey has served as the Principal Investigator on research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and industry. As a faculty member, he helped develop cybersecurity programs at both the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University. Dr. Massey also served as a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he developed and managed the Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD) program and the Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program that focused on cyber security for automobiles and other systems that combine the cyber and physical worlds. He earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Julie KubJulie Kub is the primary project lead for the Department of Defense Challenge. She has worked at the Department of Commerce’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) for 25 years and has served as the ITS.E Telecommunications Engineering, Analysis, and Modeling Division Chief since 2015. Her division is currently designing a machine learning algorithm to classify radio frequency clutter to better predict radio propagation. Ms. Kub received a Department of Commerce bronze medal in 2016 for her work developing the AWS-3 1695-1710 MHz Radio Frequency Coordination Portal (RFCP) to coordinate spectrum sharing. In 2011, Ms. Kub received a bronze medal for her leadership of the Propagation Modeling Website (PMW), enabling multiple agencies to achieve their mission-critical communication systems planning. She received a U.S. Patent in 1999 for developing the “Method for Characterizing Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Antenna Patterns” in support of the FAA. Ms. Kub has a BEE from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and an MEE from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Margaret pinsonMargaret Pinson is the secondary project lead for the Department of Defense Challenge. She is an internationally recognized expert with 30 years of experience developing improved methods for assessing video quality. Her research includes algorithm development, human testing, and international standards. Her current research focuses on no reference (NR) metrics that predict what people would say is the quality of an image or video. NR metrics, when available, will enable smart cameras that adapt to first responder environments and applications. Mrs. Pinson is a Co-Chair of the Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG), administers the Consumer Digital Video Library (CDVL), and makes all of her algorithms openly available. Mrs. Pinson contributes to ITU Recommendations and has led several efforts to independently validate metrics, which is a necessary step of the standards development process. Mrs. Pinson designed and helped to conduct two prize challenges and has authored or co-authored 79 publications.

Technical Session I

jonathan-smithDr. Jonathan M. Smith joined DARPA in September 2017 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of computer and information science and the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. As a DARPA program manager, Smith seeks to develop and execute programs in cybersecurity, networking, and distributed computing. Smith joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 from Bell Communications Research, where he was a member of the technical staff, a position he also held at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Smith served as a program manager in DARPA’s Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) from 2004 to 2006, developing and executing programs including Situation Aware Protocols In Edge Network Technologies (SAPIENT), Adaptive Cognition Enhanced Radio Teams (ACERT), and Brood of Spectrum Supremacy (BOSS). Smith was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in August 2006.

Mike MurphyAs Chief Technology Officer for Nokia’s business in North and South America, Mike Murphy is responsible for supporting customer engagements and influencing corporate strategy in product direction and roadmaps. As such, Mike has been a key presenter for strategic vision within and outside the region.

Mike joined Nokia in 2005 as Japan country manager, where he had P&L responsibility and led the formation of a senior team during the Softbank takeover of Vodafone. He then moved to the role of Head of Technology for the Asia-Pacific region, managing activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In this function, his focus was roadmap planning for the region, LTE entry and development, and communicating the telecom vision with a focus on broadband profitability.

Prior to joining Nokia, Mike was the former head of WCDMA development for Nortel Networks. Mike had primary responsibility for delivering that technology in 2001 to European customers. He then moved to Asia where he was instrumental in establishing the LG-Nortel joint venture in Korea. After that, Mike headed the Nortel Networks Asia-Pacific Wireless sales business, covering all countries in the region.

Mike has a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has lived in Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and is now based in Dallas, Texas.

Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Scientist, Chief 5G Strategist, and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh is author of more than 100 technical papers and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley. As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh is IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 and as an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2020-2022). Ashutosh currently serves as the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative and Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a Fellow of IEEE and Senior member of ACM.

Technical Session II

Kabir KasargodKabir Kasargod is a Senior Director of Strategic Operations at Qualcomm Government Technologies (QGOV). In this role at QGOV, Kabir heads up the Education team that is responsible for bringing Qualcomm’s latest commercial wireless knowledge to Government partners to help them leverage and stay on the commercial curve. Prior to joining QGOV, Kabir worked as the Director of Business Development at Qualcomm Life where he led software partnership initiatives and strategy related to mobile apps & services in healthcare. Prior to this role, Kabir was the founder and lead of an entrepreneurial venture within Qualcomm Labs. Kabir also held positions in Product Management and Strategy within Qualcomm Internet Services prior to joining Qualcomm Labs. Before returning to Qualcomm, Kabir also worked in product management roles at Verizon Wireless and at Ericsson’s CDMA Infrastructure division. Kabir began his career as a Project Engineer at Qualcomm in 1998. Kabir holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai in India.

Sneha KaseraSneha Kumar Kasera is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering and a Professor, School of Computing the University of Utah. He is leading the Advanced Networked Systems Research (ANSR) Lab that he founded in 2003. Sneha’s 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

Kobus Van Der Merwe is 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.

6G Security Robert Heath, North Carolina State University
Securing Open, Programmable, and Virtualized nextG Networks: Challenges and Opportunities Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University
Break 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM MST
Open 5G Security Bryan Schromsky, Director of Federal Government Mobile and Connected Solutions, Verizon Wireless
Open 5G Security Shawn Hakl, Vice President of 5G Strategy, Microsoft


Facilitated Input Gathering on Summary and Future Work

Technical Session I

Sumit Roy (Fellow, IEEE) received the B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) in 1983, and the M. S. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of California (Santa Barbara), all in Electrical & Comp. Engineering in 1985 and 1988 respectively, as well as an M. A. in Statistics and Applied Probability in 1988. He served as Integrated Systems Professor (2014-19) of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of Washington-Seattle where his research and technology transition interests include analysis/design of wireless communication and sensor network systems with an emphasis on 5G & beyond standards, multi-standard inter-networking and spectrum coexistence using software-defined networks.  He spent 2001-03 at Intel Wireless Technology Lab as a Senior Researcher engaged in systems architecture and standards development for ultra-wideband systems (Wireless PANs) and next generation high-speed wireless LANs. He has active been in IEEE Communications Society in various roles (journal editor and Distinguished Lecturer) and was elevated to IEEE Fellow (2007) for “contributions to multi-user communications theory and cross-layer design of wireless networking standards”. He currently serves as Program Lead for Innovate Beyond 5G for OUSD R&E Beyond 5G initiative https://5g-to-xg.org.

Robert HeathRobert W. Heath, Jr. joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State in August 2020. From 2002 to 2020, he was with the University of Texas at Austin where he was involved in the leadership of their wireless group, and created an initiative to bring together communications, sensing, and machine learning. Dr. Heath is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. His research has been extensively funded by industry and government.
Dr. Heath’s research interests include wireless communications cellular systems, public safety, and military networks, with recent applications to vehicular communication systems, 5G, and now 6G. He has authored or co-authored several books including “Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall, 2017), “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall, 2014) and “Foundations of MIMO Communication” (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Tommosa MelodiaTommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome – La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Prof. Melodia is serving as Editor in Chief for Computer Networks, and has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, among others. He was the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, and General Chair for ACM MobiHoc 2020, IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWNet 2014.  Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, several industrial partners, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

Technical Session II

Bryan W. Schromsky, Director of Federal Government & Public Safety for Verizon Wireless, Leads a team of Connected Solutions Managers to support the mission of the federal civilian public safety agency community. His team leads development, architecture and support of machine to machine and IOT solutions from the source device, network connectivity and secure cloud storage as well as continuous security monitoring for all data created.

Bryan has been with Verizon Wireless for more than 16 years and has held various engineering, marketing, and project management positions. During his tenure, he has worked closely with Federal, State, and local government agencies in designing and implementing public safety voice and data networks using Cellular Digital Package Data, Code Division Multiple Access and Long Term Evolution wireless data technologies. Mr. Schromsky is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the FBI Citizens Academy.

Mr. Schromsky has served on various government mobility panels to provide assistance and guidance to their mission and these panels include the FBI Information Technology Study Group, NOBLE, HAPCOA, National Sheriffs Association, and IACP mobility committees. Bryan currently serves on the US Department of Transportation ITS Program Advisory Committee.

shawn hakiShawn Hakl is responsible for building and executing the product strategy and partnerships for Microsoft’s Azure for Operators portfolio. His team works across product, engineering, and sales to help operators execute on the digital transformation of the core and edge networks. Prior to Microsoft, Shawn served at Verizon as the Senior Vice President of Business Product, responsible for a $29B portfolio covering services such as enterprise networking, 4G and 5G, cyber security, collaboration and IoT.

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