NEW YORK -- Light Reading, UBM Tech's market-leading online community for the global communications sector, is embarking on a month of mobile network security coverage, including a live message board discussion with a leading industry analyst that precedes a focused one-day conference on the topic in early December. On Thursday, December 5, a number of industry specialists will join Heavy Reading senior analyst Patrick Donegan, an expert in network security challenges facing wireless service providers, to present "Mobile Network Security Strategies: New Threats, New Opportunities." This one-day event will be held at the Westin Times Square Hotel in New York City on Thursday, December 5, and is focused on the security vulnerabilities facing mobile network operators as they roll out and turn on their 4G LTE networks.
"Most mobile operator strategists, network planners, and engineers don't have full visibility into the malicious traffic that's going through their network," says Donegan. "We know that, because a lot of the security experts at the mobile operators will admit as much. This event is a unique opportunity to separate out the hype from the reality of cybersecurity attacks as they impact the mobile operators' infrastructure assets and customers. And it's a unique opportunity to understand the options for mitigating new security risks as LTE is scaled up into a mass market service."
The conference agenda includes panels, presentations, and keynotes from a range of perspectives in the industry. A morning keynote from Sanjay Macwan, VP of Mobility and Cloud Security for AT&T's Chief Security Organization, will address the company's perspective on key threats and attack vectors. In the afternoon, John Marinho, VP of Technology and Cybersecurity at the CTIA, will discuss the CTIA's Cybersecurity Working Group framework. Additional presentations include specialists from Verizon, NIST, Symantec, Infobox, Arbor Networks, Cloudmark, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Juniper Networks, Nominum, and Alcatel-Lucent. For more details, see http://events.lightreading.com/mnss/.
In advance of the December event, Donegan is hosting in a "live chat" on a special Light Reading message board this month, which can be found at http://www.lightreading.com/messages.asp?piddl_msgthreadid=57405. During that real-time engagement, which takes place at 11:00 a.m. EST (8:00 a.m. PST) on Thursday, November 14, on the website, Donegan will be available to answer live questions from the Light Reading community on mobile network security issues. Anyone who is registered for the Light Reading site can participate. (Light Reading registration is free – see http://w1.lightreading.com/?ngAction=register.)
Also in the run-up to the December event, Light Reading will publish a series of articles highlighting some of the challenges facing security-conscious mobile operators. All those articles may be found at Light Reading's Mobile Security section: http://www.lightreading.com/mobile-security.asp.