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Cybersecurity Seminar Series

Is 5G MOCN the path forward for DoD use of commercial 5G?

Event Details

Talk Abstract:

This talk reviews the 5G concept of Multi-Operator Core Networks (MOCN) and its potential applicability to DoD use of commercial 5G networks. The FY 23 National Defense Authorization Act seeks deployment of 5G on all US military institutions. As 5G becomes a critical part of communications, DoD should be a leader and not a laggard in this key global infrastructure. However, a push to quickly deploy commercial networks may fail to meet more ambitious DoD use cases and technical directions such as Open RAN are still actively evolving. MOCN offers a potential solution to accomplish both a desire to rapidly deploy and the ability to extend to future advanced uses. This talk reviews the overall challenge, presents a potential MOCN model for deployment, and reviews the pros and cons that a MOCN approach may provide.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Dan Massey (re)joined USC ISI in the Networking and Cybersecurity Division in 2022. He has more than 25 years of research and management experience and is the author of over 100 peer reviewed publications on networking and cyber security. He has served as the Principal Investigator on research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and industry.

Dr. Massey served as a Program Director at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense - Research and Engineering where  he led the DoD Operate Through 5G Initiative. He also served as a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he developed and managed the Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD) program and the Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program.

As a tenured faculty member, he helped develop cybersecurity programs at both the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University.

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Note: This event is not open to the public.

ISI Host: Terry Benzel

Administrative POC: Matt Binkley