[Webinar] The Benefits of Open RAN for Security of the Network

Summary

Operators are working through the opportunities that the next generation of Radio Access Network (RAN) technology presents, but often overlook one of the key benefits that open approaches can deliver – improved network security. It is a critical requirement for mobile network operators who are deploying next generation 4G and 5G networks, and with the expanded ecosystem, functional modularity and supply chain diversity can make strategic differences in security posture. Join us for a lively panel discussion that will dig into the varied and various aspects of open RAN security that will include panelists with deployment insights from Altiostar, Cisco, Intel and Red Hat.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

We’ll cover the following topics and more:

  • Open approaches to RAN security
  • Security impacts of modularity
  • Supply chain diversity
  • Virtualization’s security benefits

Speakers

Eric Hanselman
Chief Analyst
451 ResearchEric Hanselman is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive, hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. He coordinates industry analysis across the broad portfolio of 451 Research disciplines. The convergence of forces across the technology landscape is creating tectonic shifts in the industry, including SDN/NFV, hyperconvergence and the Internet of Things (IoT). Eric helps 451 Research’s clients navigate these turbulent waters and determine their impacts and how they can best capitalize on them. Eric is also a member of 451 Research’s Center of Excellence for Quantum Technologies.

For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.

Eric holds a patent in image compression systems. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences.

He majored in chemistry at Reed College.

Azhar Sayeed
Chief Technologist
Red HatAzhar is a Chief Technologist, at Red Hat. His role is to work with Telcos worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for Cloud and Virtualization.

Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a Virtualized Central Office Architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how Central Offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective way to deliver Residential, Business and Mobile services

Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the Networking, Telecommunications and Software industry. Prior to Red Hat Azhar, is a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from Software Product Management to Engineering development and Solutions delivery teams.

He has 9 Patents and is author of a book – “MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization”

Mike Geller
Principal Architect
CiscoMike Geller has expertise in SecOps, NetOps, SevDevOps and security for cloud native architectures and services. He has been the lead author on white papers on the security of 5G networks for the service provider, cloud provider and enterprise. He has lead the ATIS Cybersecurity committee and has guided the standards groups in both the ONF (Security Expert group) and the ETSI NfV (Security Expert Group) and 3GPP.

Other areas of focus for Mike include Managed Services Architect focusing on Unified Communications and Collaboration, Security, Insertion of Managed Services into SP Operations, NMS/OSS, Mobility IP Next Generation Network Architectures, Data Center and Cloud Computing.

Udayan Mukherjee
Intel Fellow & Chief Technologist
IntelUdayan Mukherjee is an Intel Fellow in theNetwork Platforms Groupand chief technologist for network infrastructure at Intel Corporation. He leads technology and product development related to wireless radio access and core networks, including Cloud-RAN, virtual RAN, base stations based on the LTE and LTE-Advanced standards, and mobile edge platforms, as well as gateways and packet core solutions. Mukherjee is also responsible for establishing new growth areas for Intel in the telecommunications market segment, a role that includes developing technologies and optimizations for telecom platforms designed for software-based networking and network function virtualization, developing wireless-specific intellectual property, and leading Intel’s 5G wireless network technology development.

Mukherjee’s research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms; heterogeneous networks; next-generation air interface technologies; network virtualization; and mobile edge services and applications.

A specialist in communications and compute system design and development, Mukherjee joined Intel in 2000. Before assuming his current role, he led AdvancedTCA-based telecom server development as principal engineer in Intel’s Modular Communications Platform Group. He also led technology development in areas such as memory power management and chassis-, shelf- and rack-based manageability software, and he spearheaded Intel’s efforts to deliver the industry’s first draft of a carrier-grade telecom Linux specification.

Sanil Puthiyandyil
Senior Director, Virtualization and Automation
AltiostarSanil Puthiyandyil is Senior Director, Virtualization and Automation at Altiostar. In this role, Sanil is responsible for Virtualization & Orchestration architecture for Altiostar VRAN/CRAN products and design/development of E2E automated lifecycle management for these VNFs and CNFs. Prior joining Altiostar, Sanil worked at Rift.io, developing NFV/Orchestration products. Rift.io was the lead contributor for the ETSI Open Source NFV project – OSM(Open Source MANO). Before Rift.io, Sanil worked at Starent Networks & Cisco systems, working on StarOS based LTE/Mobile Packet Core product developmentsSanil Puthiyandyil is Senior Director, Virtualization and Automation at Altiostar. In this role, Sanil is responsible for Virtualization & Orchestration architecture for Altiostar VRAN/CRAN products and design/development of E2E automated lifecycle management for these VNFs and CNFs. Prior joining Altiostar, Sanil worked at Rift.io, developing NFV/Orchestration products. Rift.io was the lead contributor for the ETSI Open Source NFV project – OSM(Open Source MANO). Before Rift.io, Sanil worked at Starent Networks & Cisco systems, working on StarOS based LTE/Mobile Packet Core product developments.

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