Next generation network systems security

Monday, 18 June 2018, 14:00-18:00, E3 hall
  • Pascal Bisson (Thales Services, France)
  • Jean Philippe Wary (Orange Labs, France)
  • Stelios Thomopoulos (NCSR Demokritos, Greece)
  • Andreas Zalonis (NCSR Demokritos, Greece)
  • Georgios Gardikis (SPACE Hellas, Greece)
  • Theodoros Rokkas (inCITES Consulting, Luxembourg)
  • Ioannis Neokosmidis (inCITES Consulting, Luxembourg)


Motivation and Background

The introduction of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Network (SDN) technologies for the next generation telecommunication systems promises their transformation into IT like networks.  This change raises concerns, as these new generation networks will become vulnerable to cyber threats and attacks that until now were only targeting IT systems and networks.
In order to secure the next generation networks a multidimensional approach is needed that will cover all parts of the ecosystem. It includes research areas such as understanding the cyber-criminal incentives along with the business models, proposing monitoring methods and tools for analysis of threats, and introducing solutions for securing the telecom infrastructure.

Some indicative research topics include:
– Cyber security economics and business modelling
– Monitoring methods and tools
– Legal and ethical issues
– Network security and privacy
– Security Architectures
– Security Policies
– Cyber threat intelligence

The purpose of the workshop is twofold:
– Present on-going work regarding next generation network systems security starting first with the work engaged within 5G PPP for what concerns 5G Security and the security of 5G Verticals, but then opening to work on-going at the level of other projects not limited to 5G in order share findings/insights but also put things back into perspective.
– Learn from invited speakers and open a discussion with relevant stakeholders to complement the findings from work done vs on-ongoing on the field of next generation network systems security in order to further drive the Vision (5G Security & beyond) also agree on where lies the priorities for the future systems to release their full potential (also next generation networks such as 5G to make their promises)

The workshop is organized under the theme security in the track “NET – Network softwarisation”, but addresses the technical topics of all the EuCNC tracks.



The workshop will be organized as follows:

Session 1 (90mn)

  • Perspectives from 5G PPP/IA SEC WG on 5G Security Landscape (35minn)
    • 5G-PPP Security Landscape and way forward (Pascal Bisson, Thales & Jean-Philippe Wary, Orange)
    • Security considerations in 5G network slicing (Prof Qi Wang, University of the West of Scotland)
    • Perspective from SAT-5G project on security of verticals (Sander)
    • Smart Energy as a Service via 5G Mobile Networks: Security Challenges and Perspectives from NRG-5 project (Wafa Ben Jaballah, Thales)
  • Complementary perspectives from SHIELD & SAINT Projects (35min)
    • George Gardikis (SPACE): “SHIELD: A framework for deploying and managing virtual security infrastructures”
    • John Bothos (NSCRD): “SAINT Project – A Quantitative Approach on the Economics of Cyber-Security”
  • Keynote from invited speaker (20min)
    • Diego Lopez (Telefonica): « On the Verifiability Challenges of Software Networks»

** Coffee Break **

Session 2 (90mn)

  • Presentations of 3 invited papers from relevant H2020 projects (50 min)
    • Edgardo Montes de Oca (Montimage): “Cyber threat detection and risk analysis of 5G networks”
    • Dimitris Kavallieros (KEMEA): “Cyber-Trust: An innovative cybersecurity platform for IoT”
    • Pedro Diogo (Ubiwhere): “Security considerations for 5G Neutral Hosts”


  • A panel discussion that will conclude the workshop (40 min)

Panel on “5G Security Perspectives”: bringing together representatives of large industry, vertical domains (e.g. Industry 4.0, Energy, Automotive, etc.), legislation/regulation, cyber security institution (e.g. ECSO) or government. Looking at the different perspectives the panel aims to provide feedback and additional insights to further drive 5G security, the way expected, for 5G to make all its promises and meet demands from Verticals.


Panel Chair:

P. Bisson (Thales)


  • Gabriele Rizzo (Leonardo)
  • John Bothos (NCSR Demokritos)
  • Edgardo Montes de Oca (Montimage)
  • Diego Lopez (Telefonica)