Tutorial: Post-Quantum Cryptography and 5G Security

Speaker: Dr. T. Charles Clancy, Virginia Tech

This tutorial will cover Fifth Generation (5G) mobile broadband standards that will make a fundamental shift in cryptography. Prior generations based their security and privacy principally on symmetric key cryptography. 5G, however, is shifting its core network over to a microservices, cloud-first architecture and is heavily leveraging protocols like TLS and OAuth2.0 to authenticate and authorize transactions. As a result, it is shifting to a PKI-based trust model. This shift is happening just as quantum computing threatens to unravel the security of traditional ciphers such as RSA and ECC. This tutorial highlights the need to advance the 3GPP 5G standards and NIST post-quantum cryptography standards in tandem, with the goal of launching a “quantum ready” 5G core network.

About the speakerT. Charles Clancy is Professor of Cybersecurity at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech as well as Executive Director of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. He is also co-Director of the NSF Security and Software Engineering Research Center. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests are centered around 5G/IoT Security, PHY-Layer Security/Resilience and AI/ML in Wireless Systems.

Homepage: http://www.hume.vt.edu/~tcc/