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.
Wireless Security Research and Development
Lead collaborative research efforts for secure and reliable wireless technologies.
Research and development for emerging spectrum sharing technology and development.
Next Generation Wireless Testing
Provide evolving and configurable wireless and telecommunications expertise and environments.
Security Focused Areas
5G Device and Network Security Analysis
Device vulnerability and threat analysis; Extension to gNodeB/RAN and 5G core network
Cellular Drone Security
Nationwide secure network including frequency reuse and 5G enhanced authentication including device-to-device (D2D) schemes
5G Spectrum Security
Secure autonomous distributed spectrum sharing architecture; Spectral efficiency improvement with cyclic prefix; and Mission Critical Ultra-reliable Low-latency (URLLC)
5G evaluation, range buildout, and analysis for the energy sector
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
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.