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5G Open RAN Security

Can we afford to keep ignoring Open RAN security?

I’m skeptical of ‘futurists’. Work closely enough with the development of technology solutions and you’ll know that the only certain thing about the future is that it’s constantly changing. For example, few ‘futurists’ predicted the Covid-19 outbreak that brought the world to a standstill in 2020. Many, however, had...
Securing Society 5.0

Introducing Society 5.0

Self-help authors and politicians seem to agree on at least one thing: mindset matters. The shelves of bookstores worldwide are awash with motivational books by evangelical writers hoping to convert readers to their gospel of optimism. The central thesis is simple: success depends on approaching life, especially its challenges,...
Securing Society 5.0 Introduction

Securing Society 5.0 – Overcoming the hidden threats in society’s greatest evolutionary leap

A term first coined by the Japanese government, “Society 5.0” describes "A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space." The fifth evolution of the society, enabled by the fifth generation of cellular networking and...
5G Cloud Architecture

A Comparison of 5G Core Network Architectures

The 5G Core network is a Service Based Architecture. It evolves the traditional appliance based 4G Core Network to support services. It offers more agility and flexibility. The major building blocks of this architecture include Service-Based Interface: The Service Based Interfaces rely on HTTP/2 The 5G Network Functions: As explained...
Open RAN Security

Open RAN May Be the Future of 5G, but Can We Keep It Secure?

It's been a year of contradictions for the telecommunications industry. Like most sectors, it has been heavily impacted by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a slowdown in global 5G roll-outs being a notable result. Geopolitical conflicts have continued to muddy the market, with governments playing a more active...

My latest leadership and DEI articles

5G Critical Infrastructure

5G Critical Infrastructure – the Most Critical of All

Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we appear to be witnessing the emergence of a new one, a technology Cold War between the United States and China. This time, instead of a ‘red under the bed’, the US government has declared there is one at the back door. It accuses Chinese technology companies of deliberately building vulnerabilities into their tech, allowing the Chinese to access and control the 5G critical infrastructure, and through it the connected devices and machinery at will. Headlines are dominated by the case against Huawei, and debate continues to rage about the legitimacy of the US’s claims. Are these well-founded or part of a more comprehensive assault on China’s growing global technology dominance? Regardless, the battle lines are...
IoT Protocols Speed Range

IoT Wireless Protocols – Speed & Range – Comparison Chart

IoT Wireless Protocols data rate and range comparison in a chart.
IIoT 5G Trust Security

IIoT and Trust and Convenience: A Potentially Deadly Combination

When microwave ovens first arrived on the market in 1967 they were met with public...
Bluetooth Cybersecurity

Bluetooth Security 101 (Non-5G IoT Connectivity Options)

Bluetooth is short-range wireless communications technology based on the IEEE 802.15.1 protocol. It works in...
fog iot security telcos

How Telecom Operators Can Strike Back with IoT, Fog & Cyber

Telecom operators sat back as the new over-the-top (OTT) service providers, internet and tech companies...
Cyber-Kinetic Security, IoT Security, OT Security

The World of Cyber-Physical Systems & Rising Cyber-Kinetic Risks

We live in a world in which the way we observe and control it is...
Maritime Cyber-Kinetic

Defeating 21st Century Pirates: the Maritime Cyberattacks

The maritime industry faces a not-so-distant future when ships will be completely autonomous, using navigation...
Risks of AI

Risks of AI – Meeting the Ghost in the Machine

In 1956, at a workshop on the campus of Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire,...
Security Standards Regulations Guidelines

Emerging Tech Security Guidelines, Frameworks, Standards

Below is my attempt to list of all published 5G, IoT and "Smart Everything"-related security...
5G Opportunity and Cybersecurity

Opportunity and Cybersecurity in the Age of 5G

The human will to innovate is seemingly relentless. The history of our species is one...
Cyber-Kinetic Threat

Our Smart Future and the Threat of Cyber-Kinetic Attacks

A growing number of today’s entertainment options show protagonists battling cyber-attacks that target the systems...
IIoT 5G Trust Security

IIoT and Trust and Convenience: A Potentially Deadly Combination

When microwave ovens first arrived on the market in 1967 they were met with public...
Tangible threat of cyber kinetic attacks

Tangible Threat of Cyber-Kinetic Attacks

Connecting physical objects and processes to the cyber world offers us capabilities that exponentially exceed...
5G Connectivity Security

5G Network: A Quantum Leap in Connectivity – and Cyber Threats

The timeline of human history is marked by inflection points of major technological advancement. The...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did...
Cyber-Kinetic Security, IoT Security, OT Security

The World of Cyber-Physical Systems & Rising Cyber-Kinetic Risks

We live in a world in which the way we observe and control it is radically changing. Increasingly, we interact with physical objects through the filter of what computational systems embedded in them tell us, and we adjust them based on what those systems relate. We do this on our phones, in our cars, in our homes, in our factories and, increasingly, in our cities. Physical objects are so interconnected that we simply take those connections for granted, as if being able to unlock your car by pushing a button on your key fob, unlocking it with your phone or even by walking toward it is the way car locks always worked. This interconnectedness offers us capabilities that exponentially exceed the expectations of science fiction writers and futurists of past generations....
Stuxnet Cyber-Physical Weapon

Stuxnet and the Birth of Cyber-Kinetic Weapons and Cyber Warfare

Stuxnet was the first true cyber-kinetic weapon, designed to cripple the Iranian – and perhaps...
Regulation IoT 5G Cybersecurity

Regulating the Security of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a 5G World

In one of those strange inversions of reason, The Internet of Things (IoT) arguably began...
5G Network Slicing

5G Network Slicing Technology: A Primer

Hyped as the technology that will transform the world, 5G is moving past the buzzword...
IoT Cybersecurity Framework Government

5G Making It More Important for Governments to Lead IoT Security

The human brain is programmed to keep us safe and secure. Yes, we are separated...
IEMI

Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) IoT Threat

As IoT adoption continues to proliferate, manufactures and adopters are increasingly aware of cybersecurity risks...
Cyber-Kinetic Security, IoT Security, OT Security

The World of Cyber-Physical Systems & Rising Cyber-Kinetic Risks

We live in a world in which the way we observe and control it is...
Security Standards Regulations Guidelines

Emerging Tech Security Guidelines, Frameworks, Standards

Below is my attempt to list of all published 5G, IoT and "Smart Everything"-related security...
Blockchain Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity of Blockchain & Blockchain for Cybersecurity

You may have heard, over the last year or two, about the new technological miracle...
Canada Critical Infrastructure

Canadian Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection

Targeted cyberattacks against critical infrastructure (CI) are increasing on a global scale. Critical systems are...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did...
US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive...
5G Security Privacy

5G Security & Privacy Challenges

Don’t let the “5G” in the title confuse you. This post is not only about...
Smart City 5G Privacy

Cyber-Kinetic Security and Privacy Threats in Smart Cities

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN estimates that by...
Security Standards Regulations Guidelines

Emerging Tech Security Guidelines, Frameworks, Standards

Below is my attempt to list of all published 5G, IoT and "Smart Everything"-related security...
5G Network Slicing

5G Network Slicing Technology: A Primer

Hyped as the technology that will transform the world, 5G is moving past the buzzword...
5G Cybersecurity Safety

Cybersecurity and Safety in the 5G-Enabled Smart-Everything World

Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. Without the antenna implanted in his skull, he would not be able to see colour of any kind. Born with achromatopsia, a condition of total colourblindness that affects 1 in every 30 000 people, Harbisson's physical faculties are augmented by cyber technology to grant him access to a life of greater meaning and satisfaction. As technological evolution leads to concomitant advances in medical science, we are seeing more and more examples of humans who are integrating devices and sensors into their biological makeup. For some, like those part of the growing "transhumanist" movement, this is a means of artistic expression or exploration of human potential. For others, it is a solution to a medical problem. Either way, it represents the most vivid and personal...
Smart Home Wireless Connectivity

Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me "How did...
Cyber-Kinetic Timeline

Timeline of Key Cyber-Kinetic Attacks, Incidents & Research

Below is a timeline of key historic cyber-kinetic attacks, system malfunctions and key researcher demos...
Cyber-Kinetic Security Railway

Growing Cyber-Kinetic Threats to Railway Systems

Cybersecuring railway systems from potential attackers must become paramount in the digitization that those systems...
NFC Cybersecurity

NFC Security 101 (Non-5G IoT Connectivity Options)

NFC is a short range two-way wireless communication technology that enables simple and secure communication...
5G Critical Infrastructure

5G Critical Infrastructure – the Most Critical of All

Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we...
Cyber-Kinetic Railway

Growing Cyber-Kinetic Vulnerabilities of Railway Systems

In their growing efforts to increase efficiencies through digitization and automation, railways are becoming increasingly...
5G Open RAN Security

Can we afford to keep ignoring Open RAN security?

I’m skeptical of ‘futurists’. Work closely enough with the development of technology solutions and you’ll...
5G Cloud Architecture

A Comparison of 5G Core Network Architectures

The 5G Core network is a Service Based Architecture. It evolves the traditional appliance based...
fog iot security telcos

How Telecom Operators Can Strike Back with IoT, Fog & Cyber

Telecom operators sat back as the new over-the-top (OTT) service providers, internet and tech companies...
5G Network Slicing

5G Network Slicing Technology: A Primer

Hyped as the technology that will transform the world, 5G is moving past the buzzword...
Open RAN Security

Open RAN May Be the Future of 5G, but Can We Keep It Secure?

It's been a year of contradictions for the telecommunications industry. Like most sectors, it has been...