Ericsson has extended a 5G security partnership with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, through a new industrial research chair awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The main objective of this Industrial Research Chair (IRC) program is to develop a series of solutions to improve the security of cloud and edge computing virtual infrastructures based on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), with special application to virtual radio access network (vRAN). The new knowledge and technologies that would be transferred to the industrial partner and the Canadian telecommunications industry through this research include security solutions that encompass a full life cycle at both the core and edge of telecommunication networks (i.e., monitoring the security compliance of SDN/NFV-based virtual infrastructures, detecting misconfigurations or attacks causing compliance breaches, and mitigating the detected threats proactively).

For more information on the program and the profile of the Chairholder see

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies.