San Diego Comsoc/BTS virtual Distinguished Lecture: Security in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks

#Security #SDN #NFV #5G

San Diego Section/Comsoc/BTS & New Orleans chapter joint virtual meeting:   

(Sponsored by IEEE Comsoc North America Region 6).


Title:    Security in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks-Opportunities and Challenges

By Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, JHU/APL

Abstract: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are the key pillars of future networks, including 5G and beyond that promise to support emerging applications such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-low latency, massive sensing type applications while providing the resiliency in the network. Service providers and other verticals (e.g., Connected Cars, IOT, eHealth) can leverage SDN/NFV to provide flexible and cost-effective service without compromising the end user quality of service (QoS). While NFV and SDN open up the door for flexible networks and rapid service creation, these also offer both security opportunities while also introducing additional challenges and complexities, in some cases. With the rapid proliferation of 4G and 5G networks, operators have now started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the introduction of various virtualized network elements in the access and core networks. While several standardization bodies (e.g., ETSI, 3GPP, NGMN, ATIS, IEEE) have started looking into the many security issues introduced by SDN/NFV, additional work is needed with larger security community including vendors, operators, universities, and regulators. This talk will address evolution of cellular technologies towards 5G but will largely focus on various security challenges and opportunities introduced by SDN/NFV and 5G networks such as Hypervisor, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), SDN controller, orchestrator, network slicing, cloud RAN, edge cloud, and security function virtualization. This talk will also highlight some of the ongoing activities within various standards communities and will illustrate a few deployment use case scenarios for security including threat taxonomy for both operator and enterprise networks.

During the latter part of the talk I will give an overview IEEE 5G and Beyond Initiative, various ongoing activities of several roadmap working groups and entail procedures to get involved in this initiative.


Bio: Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Wireless Communication Systems Research Scientist 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, JHU, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh serves as IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 , ComSoc’s Member-At-Large, and distinguished Speaker for ACM.He is the founding co-chair for IEEE 5G initiative. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, 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. 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 ACM.


Space is  limited, please register by July 19. 

WebEx meeting access information will be sent out July 19 evening (after registration is closed).

Any question, please contact Dr. Zhensheng Zhang, 

  Date and Time




  • Date: 20 Jul 2020
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 06:15 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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  • San Diego, California
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  • Co-sponsored by San Diego BTS chapter, BT02; New Orleans Chapter
  • Starts 11 July 2020 07:20 AM
  • Ends 19 July 2020 07:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge


July 20, 5:00pm  (PDT)   introduction

             5:05pm-- 6:15 pm  Presentation  &  QA