Advancing 5G national leadership and accelerating secure adoption of 5G and beyond technology

In response to the nation’s challenge to develop and validate 5G security protocols and data protection technologies, Idaho National Laboratory has established the INL Wireless Security Institute (WSI). The Institute’s mission is to lead and coordinate government, academic, and private industry research efforts fostering more secure and reliable 5G wireless technology. The institute draws on INL’s extensive expertise and unique facilities that have been used for nearly two decades to analyze, design, test, and improve cellular, radio, and satellite communication systems for government agencies and global wireless communication companies.


Enable government and industry to maximize the benefits of 5G and beyond technology by providing
superior policy and decision data, security evaluation, engineering support, and technology development.

Current Projects and Strategy

Current WSI Projects

  • 5G SA Device and Network Security Analysis
  • Spectum Cyber Initiative: WiFIRE
  • 5G evaluation, range buildout, and analysis for the energy sector
  • Clandestine Communications
  • Video surveillance communications (Spectrum comms)
  • Impact from 6 GHz reallocations
  • 5 projects on 5G security with university collaboration

WSI Strategic Areas

  • Enhance wireless security expertise in 5G and beyond, including 6G
  • Increase outreach to USGs, US Industries, and US Universities
  • Grow the Wireless Security Institute team
  • Improve the national talent pipeline for wireless security
  • External Advisory Committee and Bi-annual Workshops

Wireless Test Bed Idaho

Collaborating with Academia and Industry on National Challenges

Through research partnerships, recognized leadership, and differentiating capabilities, INL is becoming a catalyst for discovery and the preferred provider for wireless security and resilience research and evaluation.

The Wireless Security Institute draws on this expertise to organize and facilitate bi-annual Wireless Security Workshops which provide a collaborative and innovative forum for the 5G Security community. The Workshops discuss critical security challenges, security needs and actions needed to strengthen collaboration and engagement between industry, government and academia.

5G Spectrum Workshop – Fall 2020
Open 5G Workshop – Spring 2021

Partners in these activities include:

Research of Future Technologies

  • 5G security assessments
  • Wireless Security for Nuclear Power Plants
  • Wi-Fi 6E impact to Infrastructure control communications
  • National Center for Wireless Spectrum Research (SII – Center)

  • National Radio Dynamic Zones (NRDZ)
  • 5G impacts to Radio Altimeter (RA) operations (4.2-4.4 GHz)
  • 5G impacts and opportunities for law enforcement

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Ethan Huffman

Phone: 208-526-5015

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