Securing 5G Networks: Service Provider Perspectives
Date / Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m London
sponsored by

Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading

Pieter Veenstra, Senior Manager Product Development – Security and Routing, NetNumber

Mark Campbell, Application Security, F5 Networks

Lakshmi Kandadai, Director, Product Marketing, Palo Alto Networks

Vinod Sundarraj, Senior Director for Security Product Marketing, Fortinet

The push to commercialize 5G networks is also sharpening the focus on the need to reconsider the security measures that service providers have implemented in their existing mobile networks. And coming to terms with these new requirements is not a trivial feat given how 5G expands service delivery models, introduces a new core reference architecture and even new control plan protocols.

To gain detailed insight on how service providers plan to secure 5G networks, Heavy Reading in collaboration with research partners F5 Networks, Fortinet, NetNumber and Palo Alto Networks launched a comprehensive survey designed to provide a detailed perspective of service provider strategies.

The survey, which attracted input from more than 100 service provider respondents, addressed a broad spectrum of security-related topics including, security service implementation priorities, preferred core architecture, opex and capex implications, as well the value of advanced capabilities that leverage artificial intelligence, control plane interworking and content inspection.

This webinar, moderated by Heavy Reading research lead Jim Hodges with subject matter experts from F5 Networks, Fortinet, NetNumber and Palo Alto Networks, will provide a grounded view of the strategies, timeline and concerns that will ultimately determine the steps service providers will take to secure their 5G networks.


Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Pieter Veenstra, Senior Manager Product Development – Security and Routing, NetNumber
After nearly 30 years of telco experience at KPN, Pieter Veenstra joined NetNumber in 2014. In his current role as Senior Manager Product Development, he works on security and fraud services on the carrier-grade TITAN platform, and builds the partner program surrounding these. Since 2016, he has also been the Chairman and Editor of the GSMA Fraud and Security Group (FASG) for the Signaling Firewall guidelines for SS7 (FS.11), Diameter (FS.19) and GTP (FS.20). He is now also leading an investigation in the GSMA on the open issues with security that still need to be solved for the 5G network. During his career at KPN, Pieter held a wide range of key positions as Technology Expert of SS7, IMS and IPX networks. He also assisted the KPN Board as Enterprise Architect. For many years, he represented KPN in standardization of SS7, IMS and IPX in ETSI, ITU and 3GPP.

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Mark Campbell, Application Security, F5 Networks
A Silicon Valley native, Mark Campbell has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in IT Security. Mark has a robust background with many roles including System Engineering, Product Management, and Product Marketing. He currently is the specializes in cyber security at F5 Networks, helping clients to securely deploy and connect applications. Over his career, Mark has served in a variety of roles for both start-up and leading high-tech companies, including IBM Security, CipherCloud, NetApp, McAfee, Google, PGP Corp., and SafeNet Inc.

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Lakshmi Kandadai, Director, Product Marketing, Palo Alto Networks
Lakshmi Kandadai leads product marketing for service provider security at Palo Alto Networks. She is responsible for driving the marketing strategy and execution – from awareness, enablement, and demand generation – for 5G and IoT security initiatives. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the telecommunications industry, positioning network products and solutions across RAN, MEC and IP & Broadband.

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Vinod Sundarraj, Senior Director for Security Product Marketing, Fortinet
Vinod Sundarraj is a Senior Director for Security Product Marketing at Fortinet Inc where he focuses on MSSP and Communications Service Providers markets. He has an extensive background in product management and marketing in both Networking and Security industries.

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