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A Tale of two Emerging Paradigms - IoT & 5G: Decoding the Security Research Challenges & Opportunities

Anand Rajan,
Intel Labs

May 19, 2017 11:00
Room: 1A150


This talk will provide an overview of the mission and objectives of Intel Labs with a focus on Security & Privacy Research. In particular, we will explore security for a couple of emerging paradigms (IoT & 5G).

(1) IoT Security: In the past couple of years, there has been an increasing trend of security issues in the IoT context. As the number of connected devices is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years, an IoT attack has significant security implications for device-owner as well as enterprise targets. Due to cost and energy constraints, security is often left out or becomes an afterthought, creating serious vulnerabilities in IoT systems. The consequences of IoT system compromise can be catastrophic, since human life and physical property is usually at stake. Thus it is important to establish a foundation for Trustworthy, Safe, and Reliable IoT systems. We will present an overview of the research challenges and opportunities in building such a secure IoT foundation.

(2) 5G Security: While previous generations of cellular technology including LTE have been designed to connect every human being on the earth with faster and faster connectivity, 5G has the additional ambition to connect not just all the people but also all the Things on this planet. Operators are looking for cheaper and quicker ways to deploy many new IoT services on the same physical network and this would require innovations and optimization of the network for these new applications. 5G must meet aggressive performance targets without compromising security and privacy requirements. A set of concepts are being embraced by the operators including SW Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Network Slicing, Cloud-Radio Access Network, Mobile Edge Computing. All of these would introduce new threat surface and deserve careful considerations and co-design with security.

Short bio

Anand Rajan is the Director of the Emerging Security Lab at Intel Labs. He leads a team of senior researchers whose mission is to investigate novel security features that raise the assurance of platforms across the compute continuum (Cloud to Wearables). The topics covered by his team span Trustworthy Execution Environments (TEE), IoT & Mobile Security, Cryptography, and Security for Emerging Paradigms (e.g. Autonomous Systems, 5G). Anand is a Principal Investigator for Intel's research collaboration with academia, government, and commercial labs on Trustworthy Platforms. He is the mentor for the Security Research Sector of Intel's Corporate Research Council. Anand was an active member of the IEEE WG that crafted the P1363 (public-key crypto) standard. Anand and team developed the Common Data Security Architecture specification that was adopted as a worldwide standard by The Open Group. His team was also instrumental on several security standardization efforts (e.g. PKCS#11, BioAPI, UPnP-Security, & EPID). Prior to joining Intel in 1994, Anand was technical lead for the Trusted-UNIX team at Sequent Computer Systems and worked on development and certification of a TCSEC B1-level Operating System.