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Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs

September 30, 2019

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Communications over the wireless medium pose security threats that are yet to be fully understood. It is currently possible for attackers that are within the wireless range to hijack or intercept an unprotected connection without being detected. With the advent of sophisticated cognitive radios and wireless devices, and applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, small satellites, driverless cars, and wireless healthcare devices, security threats to wireless mobile communications systems are rapidly increasing. As 5G, low-power wide area networks, and other emerging systems are deployed, innovative protective technologies and policies are needed.

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG), which is co-chaired by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), held a workshop, Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs, on September 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the workshop was to share insights and build relationships across Federal agencies and between the public, private, and academic sectors on the topic of wireless mobile device security. The 35 workshop participants represented a balanced cross-section of stakeholders involved in, or impacted by, this area of research.

View Full Text: WSRD-Spectrum-Security-WorkshopSummary-2019.pdf