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Securing The Signaling Interconnect: Oracle’s Perspective On Recent Security Events
Date / Time: Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading

Travis Russell, Director, Telecommunications Cyber Security, Oracle Communications

Today's telecommunications landscape is changing rapidly, and the "institution" of trust between networks that has been assumed over the decades is no longer relevant. We are now hearing of vulnerabilities in CSP interconnection points that have been known for a long time, but have become much more worrisome not because they exist, but because the hacker community is actively promoting this research, selling toolkits for other hackers and even providing training. The obstacle for hackers has always been getting a network connection at the control plane. In previous decades access required a special circuit, such as a TDM DS0, but with the implementation of SIGTRAN, IP now becomes an enabler, allowing anyone to connect easily.

Join us as we explore the issues being discussed, the actions being taken, and whether or not operators are doing enough to deal with vulnerable interconnects in their networks and how to close them off.



 

Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
Patrick has more than 20 years' experience as a telecom analyst and strategist. His coverage areas at Heavy Reading include mobile backhaul networks and mobile network security. He also authors Heavy Reading's Ethernet Backhaul Market Tracker. Patrick chairs Light Reading's Mobile Network Security Strategies conference series and is co-chair of Light Reading's Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators conference series. Patrick joined Heavy Reading in 2005 after five years at Nortel Networks, where he was a senior manager of strategic planning for the company's wireless business – spanning GSM, CDMA, UMTS, WiMax, and other wireless technologies. Prior to Nortel, he spent two years in business research for Motorola's Corporate Strategy Office in EMEA and two years as a wireless analyst for the Yankee Group. As a journalist, he was deputy editor of Public Network Europe from 1990-1995 and editor of Mobile Communications International from 1995-1997. Patrick holds a BA in industrial relations and politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is based in the UK.

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Travis Russell, Director, Telecommunications Cyber Security, Oracle Communications
Travis Russell has been in telecommunications more than 35 years, with experience in both voice and data networking. As a cybersecurity professional and technologist, he has a long career focused in telecommunications cybersecurity and fraud, with expertise in SIP, SS7 and Diameter technologies. Russell has authored several technical books, including Signaling System #7, Session Initiation Protocol and IP Multimedia Subsystem, all published through McGraw-Hill, and is currently finalizing his seventh book, LTE Signaling With Diameter, due out soon. His book Telecommunications Protocols is still used in colleges and universities today for teaching the fundamentals of telecommunications, and has been translated to Greek and Chinese.

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