Panel 1

CyberSecurity in 5G, including Verticals

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 10:45-11:30 CEST, Recommended re-viewing,
Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11:30-12:15 CEST, Live interaction, link sent only to Registered people


  • Demosthenes Ikonomou (Head of Operational Security Unit, ENISA, EL)


Motivation and Background

5G is expected to bring important befits to the EU economy, as well as the society, since it is designed to support applications and services that go well beyond the typical mobile broadband communications. It is expected to support, and open new opportunities for, a number of critical sectors of European economy such as energy, transport, health, etc – the so-called verticals. In order for 5G to reach its full potential, cybersecurity plays a critical role, even if comes at a cost. The main objective of this panel is to provide a forum for the exchange of views on the cybersecurity challenges of 5G, not only from the perspective of 5G network operators and equipment vendors but also from the perspective of the vertical markets that are expected to benefit from the deployment of 5G technology.



  • How much does it cost and who is going to pay for Cybersecurity?
  • Who/where is the weakest link? How to reduce the attack surface?
  • Who will be liable? Operators and/or clients?
  • Does the toolbox need to be extended or adapted for private networks?
  • How to include external, private clouds from an end-to-end perspective?



The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Demosthenes Ikonomou (moderator) (Head of Operational Security Unit, ENISA, EL)
  • John Hickey (Security Engineer, Nokia, IE), Presentation available!
  • Rafał Jaczyński (Regional Cyber Security Officer, Huawei, PL)
  • Fabio Martinelli (Head of Research, Security Group, IIT – CNR & vice-chair of European Cyber Security Organisation, IT), Presentation available!
  • Mansoor Hanif (Executive Director, Technology and Digital Infrastructure, Neom, KSA), Presentation available!

Demosthenes Ikonomou

Demosthenes  Ikonomou, joined the European Union Agency for Cyber Security (ENISA) in 2008 and currently holds the position Head of Operational Security Unit. He  received his Masters of Science in Electronics and Computer Sciences and his Ph.D. in applied sciences from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, in 1992 and the Université catholiquue de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Belgium, in 2002 respectively. Between 1996-2008 he worked for DG Information Society & Media of the European Commission (now Communications Networks, Content and Technology, CONNECT) mainly involved in the management of R&D projects in the fields of wireless and personal communications as well as networked media.

Fabio Martinelli

Fabio Martinelli is a research director of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) responsible for cyber security activities. He is also member of the Italian Committee for Cyber Security Research and is the co-chair of the Italian technological platform in homeland security (SERIT).  His main research interests involve security and privacy in distributed and mobile systems and foundations of security and trust. He manages R&D projects on information and communication security and in particular, he has been the Project Coordinator of the EU Network on Cyber Security (NeCS) and of the Collaborative information sharing and analytics for cyber protection (C3ISP) project. Since 2004, he is in the board of directors of the international school on Foundations of Security Analysis and Design (FOSAD). He founded and chaired the WG on Security and Trust management (STM) of the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). He is currently chair of the WG 11.14 in secure engineering of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP). He chaired the WG3 on Research and Innovation of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Platform promoted by the European Commission. He also serves as expert in the H2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG) and acts as Vice Chairman of the Board of the European Cyber Security Organization (ECSO).

John Hickey

John Hickey is a senior security engineer with Nokia. With over 30 year’s experience in the telecommunications industry, John has been involved in both system engineering and system verification of wireless access systems including GSM, WCDMA and LTE systems primarily. Today his focus is on security of both fixed and wireless systems and particularly security assurance of 5G systems. John leads the Nokia effort to align product security with global security assurance standards. He represents Nokia at the GSMA security assurance forum (SECAG) and is currently deputy chairperson of that group. He holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering degree (Honours) from the University of Limerick. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2009.

Rafał Jaczyński

Rafał Jaczyński serves as Huawei’s Regional Cyber Security Officer, with responsibility extending across 28 countries, spanning the whole portfolio of Huawei products and services – from 5G to Internet of Things, from Smart Cities to Artificial Intelligence, from things we can carry, to things we can drive. For over 23 years of career in cyber security he has held diverse roles, including the CISO positions in Vodafone, Orange and Staples companies. As the Director of PwC Cyber Security practice in Central and Eastern Europe and one of PwC’s leaders within Global Cyber Security Centre of Excellence he advised top international enterprises operating in telecommunications, media, energy, e-commerce and financial sectors.

Mansoor Hanif

Mansoor Hanif is the Executive Director of Engineering in the Technology & Digital sector of NEOM. In his role, Mansoor oversees the design and implementation of all of NEOM’s fixed, mobile, satellite and subsea networks. In addition, his team leads NEOM’s initiatives on emerging technologies such as advanced robotics and human-machine interfaces. Mansoor has 26 years’ experience in planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world. He was Director of Radio Networks at EE from 2011 to 2016. During the acquisition of EE by BT, he led the EE network Integration team. At BT, Mansoor was Director, from 2016 to 2018, of the Converged Networks Research Lab. From 2018 to 2020, Mansoor was CTO at Ofcom the UK’s media and telecoms regulator, a role which included the responsibility to oversee the security and resilience of the UK networks.