Ericsson extends 5G security collaboration with Concordia University
New NSERC Chair to focus on SDN/NFV security to ensure stability of IoT applications.
Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson, announced that it has extended a 5G security partnership with Concordia University through a new industrial research chair awarded by NSERC. According to the company, the aim is to develop processes, techniques and technologies for compliance-driven security solutions for Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies in 5G networks.
The chair has been awarded to Professor Lingyu Wang, professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), who will collaborate with experts in the field to develop security solutions, including monitoring security compliance, detecting compliance breaches and mitigating them proactively.
“As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows in tandem with emerging 5G technology, it’s crucial to assure the security and stability – peace of mind – of both physical and virtual infrastructures across our increasingly networked world,” Professor Wang said. “To that end, I’m honored to partner with Ericsson for our research on SDN/NFV security and strengthen Canada’s leadership in innovation and in creating high-skilled workers in such a strategically important area.”
Concordia University is home to two cyber security master programs with more than 150 graduate students and a security research center with more than 50 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. The university also recently received funding to establish a cybersecurity fusion center, awarded to Professor Mourad Debbabi, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Gina Cody School and a major collaborator in the NSERC/Ericsson-awarded chair.
Ericson says it currently has twenty commercially live 5G networks in 14 countries across four continents – part of 70 5G agreements or contracts Ericsson has globally.