The next Town Hall Innovation Series will take place on Monday, December 4th during the Q4 Meeting starting at 8:30am local time

The Q4 face-to-face and virtual meeting sessions are scheduled to take place Bangkok which is the ICT - Indochina Time Zone(UTC +7).  Check your time zone at here.

Our topic for this session will be: Security


A preview of the 2023 Q4 Detailed Agenda is available.

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Town Hall Agenda Overview:

There will be an opportunity for questions after each speakers presentation.

08:30 Introduction of the Town Hall Innovation Session on Security

Mauro Tilocca, TIM

By: Mauro Tilocca, TIM, BBF Service Provider Action Council Chair and Town Hall Innovation Series Co-Chair

AI Related Security Threats and Opportunities

David Rogers MBE, Copper Horse, CEO & Founder

Presented by: David Rogers MBE, Copper Horse, CEO & Founder

David is a mobile telecoms and security specialist who runs Copper Horse Ltd, a software and security company based in Windsor, UK. He engages internationally on a number of telecoms, internet, future technology, engineering and policy topics. His company is currently focusing on product security for the Internet of Things as well as future automotive cyber security.

David chairs the Fraud and Security Group at the GSMA. He authored the UK’s ‘Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security’, in collaboration with UK government and industry colleagues and is a member of the UK’s Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

From 2015-2022 he sat on the Executive Board of the Internet of Things Security Foundation. He has worked in the mobile industry for over twenty years in security and engineering roles. Prior to this he worked in the semiconductor industry.

David holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford and a HND in Mechatronics from the University of Teesside. He lectured in Mobile Systems Security at the University of Oxford from 2012-2019 and served as a Visiting Professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at York St John University.

He was awarded an MBE for services to Cyber Security in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.
He blogs from and tweets @drogersuk

Cybersecurity Standards

Michael Rosa, NSA CCSS Cloud Security Lead

Presented by: Michael Rosa, NSA, CCSS Cloud Security Lead

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

Michael McFarland, Ciena, Head of Internet Subscriber Gateways

Presented by: Michael McFarland, Ciena, Head of Internet Subscriber Gateways

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee Break

Applications: Residential Customers Vulnerabilities and Stories About Network Operators

Dmitri Vellikok, F-Secure, VP Network Security Business

Presented by: Dmitri Vellikok, F-Secure, VP Network Security Business

Wanting it All, The Paradox of Providing Both Anonymity and Authentication

The Internet and connected devices are central to today’s digital lifestyles. Advances in wireless technology simplify connectivity which in turn, brings new benefits to users across multiple domain areas. However, ease of access comes with associated costs, especially regarding privacy and security.

As device types become more diverse and use digital services both inside and outside of the home, user anonymity becomes essential, as does understanding how the associated data will be used. So how can you anonymize users’ data when using these services and ensure users’ privacy even when using an encrypted connection?  Some services, if not the majority, offer encryption but require authentication, which can sound paradoxical.

Building out from his recent paper, Christophe Buffard, Principal Architect at NAGRA will discuss,

  • How increased levels of device connectivity created by today’s consumers and the continued quest for home automation is driving a need for a new type of service that puts consumers in control
  • New opportunities for operators to diagnose issues with error-prone connected devices while preserving privacy so calls to the contact center can be mitigated. 
  • How to address the anonymity paradox and balance privacy with security
  • Why NAGRA is launching new solutions that are designed to broaden operator offers, increase service revenues and address the requirements of today’s connected consumers.

Christophe Buffard, Nagra, Principal Architect

Presented by: Christophe Buffard, Nagra, Principal Architect

Christophe Buffard is a Principal Architect at NAGRA. He leads solution architecture for NAGRA Scout, a data-driven cyber solution designed to protect residential / business local networks and Wi-Fi in connected, smart homes and other similar environments.

He was previously active in the digital media industry in the areas of content protection, metadata signaling and the end-to-end architecture and design of DRM and CAS. He also works as a full stack architect for embedded device middleware solutions for digital TV.

Mr. Buffard received his Master of Science in Computing Science from the EPITA engineering school in Paris, France. He was a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) studying formal algebraic languages for the dynamic analysis of concurrent programs, a program sponsored by the Swiss Federal research fund and the European DeVa fund.

Network and Cloud Infrastructure Security

Owen Law, AWS, Principal Solutions Architect Telco

Presented by: Owen Law, AWS, Principal Solutions Architect Telco

With 20 years of experiences in the Telecom industry, Owen held various technology leadership roles across APJ service provider and network vendor space prior to AWS where he led development of end-to-end digital transformation strategy, architecture for nationwide broadband access and IPTV networks  and design and implementation of complex multi-vendor core routing/ethernet production networks. Always an evangelist for emerging technologies,  he led early research and adoption initiatives for Telco NFV transformation , enterprise SD-WAN and disaggregated open networking.  In his current role in AWS, Owen is leading Telecom solution architecture for AWS across APJ, working closely with Telecom customers and ecosystem partners to transform their technology stack and to build innovative new solutions leveraging cloud technologies across key Telecom solutions domain including 5G, Private networks, BSS/OSS , network intelligence and industry vertical go-to-market solutions.

12:00 Closing