Prof. Shreyas Sen to speak on radio layer vulnerabilities and spectrum policy at Silicon Flatirons
Prof. Shreyas Sen is a featured speaker at a Silicon Flatirons conference entitled “Saving Our Spectrum: Handling Radio Layer Vulnerabilities in Wireless Systems.” The half-day conference brings together representatives from government, industry, and academia to discuss the intersection of cybersecurity and radio operation, explore the risks of increasing reliance on wireless systems and access to spectrum, and consider solutions to these problems. The focus of the event is on the radio link rather than conventional cybersecurity issues: the challenges created by radio receivers necessarily being open to incoming signals in order to function, unlike wired networks, which can be physically shielded.
Sen says he is glad to see Silicon Flatirons creating an event focused on this important topic and bringing key stakeholders such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Defense (DoD) into the discussion.
"Physical Security of Communication around the Human Body is a burning problem as evidenced by the DHS and FDA advisories on vulnerabilities in connected pacemakers and insulin pumps earlier this year,” says Sen. “Electro-Quasistatic Human Body Communication (EQS-HBC) is the best known technique to achieve Physically Secure Internet of Body (IoB). I am hoping to get discussions on standardization of EQS-HBC started with the key players in the room."
The conference also features keynotes by Julius Knapp, Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology, and Dr. Lisa Porter, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, who oversees the U.S. Department of Defense’s work on 5G security. There will be panel discussions on the health care industry, cellular communications, along with next steps and solutions in this area.
The conference takes place on October 10th from 1 – 6:30pm at the University of Colorado. It will be live-streamed here: Stream this event.