5G Security and Privacy

5G Security and Privacy Topical Session

 5G with vision of “Everything connected” is to be deployed in integration with existing technologies by 2020. 5G has higher bandwidth, higher networking capabilities, and higher extensive signal coverage capacity, making it a possible for IoT into reality. The integration of the existing technologies with 5G is inevitable. These all lead to security and privacy as a challenging task in 5G.

Modern day adversaries’ targets include almost everything: user devices, access and core networks, home and external networks. Instead of an individual security mechanism, a systematically integrated approach is needed. 5G Security management a challenge to vertical industries, for instance, managing identities, performing authentication, defending against denial of service (DoS) attacks, and protecting confidentiality and integrity of service traffic.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Anand Prasad, NEC Corporation

Dr. Anand R. Prasad, Fellow IET & IETE, is Chief Advanced Technologist, NEC Corporation, where he leads the mobile communications security activity. Anand is the chairman of 3GPP SA3, member of the governing body of GISFI and governing council member of TSDSI. He has 20+ years of experience in all aspects of mobile networking industry around the globe.

Anand has published 6 books, 50+ peer reviewed papers, is editor-in-chief of the “Journal of ICT Standardization” published by River Publishers and, most of all, he is a passionate speaker on information security.

He is recipient of the 2014 ITU-AJ “Encouragement Award: ICT Accomplishment Field” and the 2012 (ISC)2 “Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements” award as a Senior Information Security Professional.”


David W. Kravitz, Crypto Systems Research, DarkMatter

David W. Kravitz is Vice President of Crypto Systems Research at DarkMatter, and heads DarkMatter’s blockchain team that is focused on providing an IoT-compatible access-controlled, auditable and privacy-preserving transaction platform. His extensive information security experience spans a wide range of application areas, including voice- and data- critical infrastructure, digital rights management, payments, smart grid, IoT, and high-value assets transfer. He began his career at the National Security Agency, where as Senior Technical Advisor he “combined his exceptional skills in protocol and algorithm design with his evaluation capabilities to profoundly enhance the security posture of communications,” as stated in the Certificate of Achievement he was awarded by the Director of NSA. He has also held senior positions at Sandia National Laboratories, CertCo/Bankers Trust Electronic Commerce, Digital Video Express, Wave Systems Corp., Motorola Labs, Certicom Research/BlackBerry, and IBM Research. He was the principal architect of the Membership Services identity management framework of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric project, and invented DSA, the elliptic curve variant of which, ECDSA, underlies Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. He serves as a Technical Advisor for CENTRI – Advanced Security for IoT, and Atonomi – The Secure Ledger of Things. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Electrical Engineering – Systems from University of Southern California, a Masters in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors in Mathematics from Rutgers University.

Antonio Skarmeta, University of Murcia

Dr. Antonio F. Skarmeta received the M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Granada and B.S. (Hons.) and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Murcia Spain. Since 2009 he is Full Professor at the same department and University. Antonio F. Skarmeta has worked on different research projects in the national and international area in the networking, security and IoT area, like Seinit, Deserec, Enable, Daidalos, SWIFT, IoT6, SMARTIE and SocIOtal. He is the  head of the research group ANTS since its creation on 1995 and member of TDL. Actually he is also advisor to the vice-rector of Research of the University of Murcia for International projects and head of the International Research Project Office and national representative for MSCA.

He has published over 90 international papers and being member of several program committees. He has also participated in several standardization activities being co-authors of some drafts at the IETF.

Kapil Sood, Intel

Kapil Sood is Cloud Security Architect at Intel’s Data Center Group driving security technologies, platforms, and research, and setting strategic direction for Intel’s NFV and 5G business group security roadmaps. Kapil is a recipient of the prestigious Intel Achievement Award (IAA).  Kapil has 20+ years of technology leadership experience, spanning Telecom, Mobile, Networking, and Cloud security.  Most recently, he was Chief Security Architect for Intel SoC Tablets and Smartphones.  Previously, he was Director Software at Corrent, a Networking Security startup, and Systems Architect at AG Communication (acquired by Lucent).  Kapil is helping define NFV security at ETSI NFV, was key contributor at IEEE 802.11 and Ecma Network Proxy. Kapil earned MS (CS), MBA, and BS (CS), with 60+ patents issued, publications, and open source contributions. Kapil is a recipient of IEEE awards for his contributions to the IEEE 802.11r, 802.w, and 802.11z standards.


Dr. Amruthur Narasimhan, Global 5G Tutorial Coordinator/Chair

Amruthur Narasimhan is a consultant in Information Security, Cyber Security and privacy areas. He has over 25 years of experience in System Engineering, Architecture, Technical Leadership and Management, Software Development, Communication Protocols, and Project Management. He has held various positions in multinational companies: Software Engineer Manager Chief at SAIC, Security Consultant at Northrop Grumman, President of Amrutek Services, Technical Manager at Avaya, Principal Technical Staff Member at AT&T, and Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Narasimhan was chair of the IEEE conference on Mobile Security/Cyber Security and Privacy held in 2014 and 2015. He received the IEEE third Millennium Medal for contributions in Electronic Commerce and Multimedia Technology in May 2000. He also received IEEE Region 1 award for technical achievement in 2002, and for eBusiness and Internet Technologies and technical achievements for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence Technology in 1997. He has been coordinator and speaker for various IEEE conferences on VoIP security, WLAN security and Multimedia security. He was chair of IEEE NJ coast section consultant’s network, chair of IEEE NJ Coast Section PACE, Chair of IEEE NJ Coast Section (1996-2002) and Chair of IEEE NJ Computer Chapter (1993-1996).

Narasimhan has good communication skills being a coach for Dale Carnegie courses on Human relations. He has graduated as Competent Toast Master in Public Speaking from Toast Masters International. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, one of the prestigious institutions in India.



Rajendra Hegadi 
Indian Institute of
Information Technology

Lawrence Hughes
Sixscape Communications
David Kravitz
Crypto Systems
Research, DarkMatter