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Evolving 5G Security for the Cloud

US federal agencies leading on cybersecurity discuss incidents in terms of ‘left of boom’ and ‘right of boom’.  ‘Boom’ is the incident in the form of an attack or breach.  ’Boom’ can vary widely from known attacks to zero-day or novel attacks.  ‘Left of boom’ is the preparation to defend against an incident and ensure processes are in place to respond and recover.  This phase inherently focuses on known attacks and vulnerabilities.  ‘Right of boom’ is the response to the incident. 

Solarwinds was a novel attack uncovered in December 2020 that combined multiple zero-day attacks enabling a malicious actor to exploit the software supply chain, gain access to resources, perform reconnaissance on the network, and move laterally through the network to expand the reconnaissance mission.  A significant outcome of Solarwinds was a full court press from US federal agencies driven by the directives in the President’s Executive Order (EO) 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity [1]. 

Solarwinds shifted the focus to Zero Trust

Solarwinds was an inflection point for cybersecurity, particularly as services migrate to the cloud.  Perimeter-based defenses provide value to secure assets, but alone are insufficient.   Security controls must be implemented with the assumption that the adversary is already inside the network to detect and prevent lateral movement, reconnaissance, and data theft.  This is important to consider for 5G cloud-based deployments, as 5G will be a general digital platform for enterprise and society that supports critical infrastructure, mission critical applications, public safety, smart manufacturing, connected car, and other realtime, low latency use cases.  5G is the first cellular technology designed for the cloud where the expanded attack surface could create opportunity for a cyberattack that has greater impact, while at the same time there is reduced risk tolerance.

The increased risk from cyberattacks has advanced interest in zero trust architecture (ZTA) for 5G cloud-based deployments.  The principles of a zero-trust architecture (ZTA) for 5G cloud deployments are based on perimeter-less security…


The school’s computer science program is still evolving

A growing computer science program at Worcester Technical High School is giving more and more students an introduction to information technology.

“Students in our program have this opportunity to come right out of this program and go right (to work) in the community, or what the majority of our students do, they do go to college,” she said.

Teachers Aarti Sangwan and Mary Miller provided the Worcester County Board of Education with an overview of Worcester Tech’s computer science program this week. Miller said the program, which is in just its fourth year, was providing skills and experience that would help students after high school.

According to Sangwan, the program was started four years ago to provide Worcester Tech students the Project Lead The Way computer science pathway. Sangwan, who was initially the only computer science teacher, was joined by Miller three years ago. The program has now grown to include 90 students who are offered four classes — computer science essentials, foundations of computer science, cyber security and AP computer science principles.

“If you’ve ever heard ‘don’t just play on your phones, program them,’ that’s what they get to do,” she said.

Miller said the introductory class, computer science essentials, gave students a taste of what they were getting into.

From there, students go on to program robots and learn text-based programming. The final class in the program is cyber security.

“They work on the ethics of conduct, both in their personal life and company’s life,” Miller said. “They get to talk about—debate—what you do in cyber security, what should you do, and what you protect against.”

Sangwan said the majority of the students in the program, 74%, came from Stephen Decatur High School while 15% came from Pocomoke High School and 11% came from Snow Hill High School. While most students are boys, Sangwan said there were several programs, such as Girls Go Cyber, that were meant to encourage more girls to explore the field. Lucy Murphy, a Snow Hill student taking part in the program, said it had started off with coding and then moved on to robots and working with Javascript.

“In this program we focus a lot on project…


Evolving Challenges of Cyber Security

Evolving Challenges of Cyber Security – Daily Times


‘We have a dynamic process in place that keeps evolving’

What makes you the best among engineering colleges in India?

One of the best things that distinguishes IIT Delhi from [others] is its faculty. We follow a three-level reviewer selection process to recruit our faculty. In the last four years, we have started nine new departments and centres. This means that we have created a new IIT within an existing IIT. Among the new centres are the Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology that focuses on electric vehicles (EVs). We also have three new schools—School of Public Policy, School of Artificial Intelligence and the School for Interdisciplinary Research.

We have a dynamic process in place that keeps evolving…. Institutions have to emphasise on new things that are important in society today such as EVs. If we do not, then India will have to import all those technologies. We are now recruiting at least 20 new faculty members in the EV space.

How important are collaborations and constant engagements for IIT Delhi?

Being in Delhi, we thought that we needed to get into policy studies in a major way. So we started a school of public policy. We are again recruiting a large faculty in the space. At the same time, Delhi also has a lot of location advantages. We get to directly engage with the ministries, and some of the finest institutions of India—AIIMS Delhi, National Institute of Immunology, Regional centre for BioTechnology—are also in Delhi. We have MoUs with all the major institutes, and have joint supervision of faculty and students between them, which helps in bringing a multi-disciplinary focus to our research.

Any new innovations you have worked on?

During the pandemic, we have undertaken and licenced at least 13 innovations. For instance, we have the cheapest low-cost RT-PCR kit. We also developed a Rs 50 antigen test. Around 70 lakh Kawach PPE suits, developed by IIT Delhi, have been sold until now. [Likewise,] N95 masks were very expensive and were not freely available. We launched masks under the Kawach brand for just Rs40, which met all the N95 specifications.

Are you introducing any new multidisciplinary course?

We have started an MTech in cyber security, which involves multiple departments in the institute,…