• Event: Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs
  • Date: September 13, 2018
  • Location: 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 8001, Washington D.C.
  • Agenda
  • Participant List


Workshop Synopsis

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, the security threat of attacks occurring is rapidly increasing. As 5G, low-power wide area networks, and other emerging systems are deployed, security issues are expected to increase unless new protective technologies and policies are in place.

The Wireless Spectrum R&D Interagency Working Group (WSRD) conducted a workshop, “Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs,” on September 13, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the National Information Technology R&D (NITRD) office in Washington D.C. In an era where spectrum can be shared or traded on a real-time basis, this workshop focused on the challenge of securing and assuring spectrum availability and performance over wireless links. Related topics included securing the control and signaling plane, hardware and software technology advances needed for enhanced trustworthiness, waveforms for mitigating attacks, protecting receivers and transmitters, detecting and preventing attackers, and spectrum security policy issues.

Participants included experts from Federal, state, and local agencies, industry, and academia whose goal was to exchange information and identify wireless security research opportunities and challenges.

The main goals of this workshop were to:

  • Identify wireless security scenarios and issues in the context of increasingly congested and contested spectrum, and the emerging spectrum sharing and trading frameworks.
  • Discuss the ongoing technology innovations and the related short- and long-term regulatory frameworks.
  • Describe innovative tools, techniques, and experimentation for future research.