Distributed Cellular Network Research - and how it Mirrors Architectural and Structural Security Problems at Large

20 Mar

Adrian Dabrowski, Postdoctoral researcher at CISPA, Germany

External Presentation (External Speaker)

Literal networks are numerous, and what the Internet is for the “Network of Networks”; roaming is for cellular networks. However, since taping points are limited, a global view is often unachievable, and so one needs to employ distributed methods.

On the metaphorical network side, your typical web browser or server is also a network of a vast number of different processes, modules, libraries, and components. And while smaller components reduce inner-component complexity (which is good for security), the inter-component complexity explodes by involving many different protocols, languages, parsers for the former, and dependencies.

Interestingly, many security failure modes transcend both types of networks. In this talk, we will explore some of them based on my past research and how common problems might lead to common solutions.

About Adrian Dabrowski

Adrian Dabrowski is a postdoctoral researcher at CISPA in Germany and, before that, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He received his Ph.D. on the security of large infrastructures, including identifying fake base stations (“IMSI Catchers”) in cellular networks. Before his Ph.D., he was a founding member of two hackerspaces in Vienna, Austria, and on the board of one of them. He also served on the board of an experimental non-commercial metropolitan-sized access network (mostly Wi-Fi) named Funkfeuer.

This event will be conducted in English

  • Location: MR-A1 [Ramón] & MR-A2 [Cajal], IMDEA Networks Institute, Avda. del Mar Mediterráneo 22, 28918 Leganés – Madrid
  • Organization: IMDEA Networks Institute; NETCOM (Telematics Engineering Department, UC3M)
  • Time: 12:00
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