Interview with Piers O'Hanlon, University of Oxford

The interview with Piers O'Hanlon shows how Oxford University is able to downstream its research findings from 5G-ENSURE to mobile manufacturers, relevant standards bodies and industry associations to ensure privacy issues in mobile communications are properly addressed.

The university contributes to 5G-ENSURE in several ways, primarily the 5G use cases, and initial definitions of the 5G security architecture and trust model.

Research findings on privacy in mobile communications

"We have presented our work at a number of meetings and conferences including work on 'Network Attachment Privacy for mobile devices’ and the UK Network Operators Forum in London, 'Practical Attacks Against Privacy and Availability in 4G/LTE’ at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) in California, 'White Rabbit in Mobile: Effect of Unsecured Clock Source in Smartphones’ at the ACM CCS Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (SPSM) in Austria, and most recently on ‘WiFi-based IMSI Catcher’ at BlackHat Europe in London. We have also made invited presentations to closed security meetings such as the at Troopers security conference, and at the GSMA Fraud and Security Architecture Group (FSAG). We also worked with Apple, Google and other mobile OS manufacturers with respect to our work on the WiFi-based IMSI catcher which directly resulted in Apple including a new privacy feature (EAP-SIM/AKA conservative peer mode) into iOS10", Piers O'Hanlon, University of Oxford.

Key role of standards and regulations for privacy in future 5G networks

"It is very important to build privacy protections into the core standards. As we have shown in our latest talk at Black Hat that today’s standards need to provide for stronger protection of private identifiers. Our collaboration with the Mobile OS manufacturers, mobile operators and associated organisations such as GSMA have raised concern and have led to positive action. Our Black Hat talk and demonstration received considerable press coverage which will help to flag the issue at the highest levels and ensure that it is swiftly addressed", Piers O'Hanlon, University of Oxford.

The full interview offers insights into how Oxford University is contributing directly and indirectly to the UK's cyber security strategy through an multidisciplinary approach and offers more details on its work in 5G-ENSURE: Privacy issues in mobile communications - an interview with Piers O'Hanlon

Press coverage on WiFi-based IMSI Catcher

Our media report from Black Hat Europe 2016 - WIFI-BASED IMSI CATCHER includes coverage from The Register, Network World, PC World, SC Magazine, International Business Times, The Intercept, Best Security Search, The Hacker News, BitsHacker, Naked Security, (FR), Computer World (HU) and Version (DK).

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