Title: A Quick Look at New Risks Facing Wireless Systems

Date and Time: February 25, 2021 at 10AM ET

Registration Process: Please register using the following link. You will receive a link in your email to attend the talk online.


Abstract: Wireless networks are susceptible to a wide range of security risks. The evolution from old wireless technologies, such as3G and 802.11, to newer technologies, such as 5G and mmWave, hasnot fundamentally changed the core challenges that undermines the security of wireless networks: Wireless systems are easy to access,the wireless medium is easy to broadcast and eavesdrop on, and the increasingly pervasive nature means that we are becoming increasingly reliant on them for day-to-day functions. This talk will examine a broad sampling of wireless-based threats that will likely become more prevalent as we move towards the next generation of wireless system. These systems are characterized by a closer integration between communications, computation, and the real world. As such, the challenges we face to secure these systems requires that wireless engineers and systems developers think more holistically about how they will design and implement security mechanisms. In short, we must really work to protect our systems “across the stack” and even “into the application.”

Bio: Wade Trappe is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rutgers University, and Associate Director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), where he directs WINLAB’s research in wireless security. He has led several federally funded projects in the area of cybersecurity and communication systems, projects involving security and privacy for sensor networks, physical layer security for wireless systems, a security framework for cognitive radios, the development of wireless testbed resources (the ORBIT testbed, www.orbit-lab.org), and new RFID technologies. He was the principal investigator for the original DARPA Spectrum Challenge, in which teams battled for spectrum superiority against each other on the ORBIT testbed arena. His experience in network security and wireless spans over 20 years, and he has co-authored a popular textbook in security, Introduction to Cryptography with Coding Theory, as well as several monographs on wireless security, including Securing Wireless Communications at the Physical Layer and Securing Emerging Wireless Systems: Lower-layer Approaches.

About the Monthly Virtual Seminar Series:

The IEEE TCCN Security Special Interest Group conducts a monthly virtual seminar series to highlight the challenges in securing the next generation (xG) wireless networks. The talks will feature cutting edge research addressing both technical and policy issues to advance the state-of-the-art in security techniques, architectures, and algorithms for wireless communications.