19 May 2023
Sensors Webinar | 5G-Enabled IoT and Digital Twins: Cybersecurity and Resilience, 24 May 2023

The fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) is the backbone of modern IoT-based critical sectors and it offers several benefits, including high speed, low latency, and greater availability. IoT devices and their related systems are expected to grow in number over the next few years. The 5G-enabled IoT has applications in a wide range of domains, such as transportation, healthcare, smart cities, and energy; however, it is also prone to cybersecurity threats. As a result, efficient and end-to-end security solutions are needed to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and availability of 5G-enabled IoT networks. Digital twins (DTs), as virtual representations of a physical object, process, or service, are also receiving significant attention from academia and industry. DT technology is more efficient than simulations since it uses real data to mimic processes; it also provides significant benefits, such as saving costs and enhancing the decision-making process in a variety of application domains. DT technology can help organizations and industries to identify potential cyber threats, such as sensor attacks, spoof-node attacks, hardware manipulation attacks, energy manipulation attacks, sniffing, distributed denial of service, sensitive data leakage, and fault tolerance, by creating virtual clones. However, by creating a DT of any system, the potential attack surface effectively doubles. Therefore, the cybersecurity of 5G-enabled IoT systems employing DT technology, and the opportunities for DTs themselves to mitigate cybersecurity risks, must be considered.

In this webinar, we will be discussing 5G-enabled IoT and DT technology with respect to cybersecurity and resilience.

This webinar is supported by the Center for Research-Based Innovation (SFI), the Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors (NORCICS), the International Alliance for Strengthening Cybersecurity and Privacy in Healthcare (CybAlliance), and the European Knowledge Hub and Policy Testbed for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EU-CIP) projects.

Date: 24 May 2023 at 9:00 a.m. CEST | 3:00 a.m. EDT | 3:00 p.m. CST Asia

Webinar ID: 821 1625 2811

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Sandeep Pirbhulal
Chair Introduction

09:00–09:05 a.m.

03:00–03:05 a.m.

03:00–03:05 p.m.

Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro
Digital Twins and Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors

09:05–09:35 a.m.

03:05–03:35 a.m.

03:05–03:35 p.m.

Q&A Session

09:35–09:45 a.m.

03:35–03:45 a.m.

03:35–03:45 p.m.

Emiliano Marquesini
5G High-Performance Mobile Broadband Kit for IoT and OT-Cybersecurity Mission-Critical Applications and Infrastructure

09:45–10:15 a.m.

03:45–04:15 a.m.

03:45–04:15 p.m.

Q&A Session

10:15–10:25 a.m.

04:15–04:25 a.m.

04:15–04:25 p.m.

Open Discussion

10:25–10:55 a.m.

04:25–04:55 a.m.

04:25–04:55 p.m.

Sandeep Pirbhulal
Closing of Webinar

10:55–11:00 a.m.

04:55–05:00 a.m.

04:55–05:00 p.m.

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Webinar Chairs and Speakers:

General Chair:


Name: Dr. Sandeep Pirbhulal

Email: sandeep@nr.no

Affiliation: Norsk Regnesentral (Norwegian Computing Center, NR), 0373 Oslo, Norway

Biography: Dr. Sandeep Pirbhulal is currently working as a Senior Research Scientist at the Norwegian Computing Center, Norway. Dr. Pirbhulal received his Ph.D. in pattern recognition and intelligent systems from the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIAT-CAS), China (2014-2018). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (2020-2021). He also served as a postdoctoral researcher at SIAT-CAS China (2018-2019) and UBI Portugal (2019-2020). Dr. Pirbhulal has vast experience from 10 years of working in academia and research. His current research focuses on cyber security, digital twins, critical infrastructure protection, tele-healthcare, risk management, ML/DL/AI learning, privacy and security for WSNs, 5G, and the Internet of Things. He has published several scientific articles (including peer-reviewed journals and international conferences) in IEEE Transactions, Elsevier’s JCR in Q1, and other high-impact-factor venues. Dr. Pirbhulal has extensive management experience in national and international research projects. He was the Principal Investigator/Team Lead of the project titled “Parallel Structure-based Biometric Authentication Mechanism for Secure Transmission of Sensitive Clinical Information”, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2018-2019). Dr. Pirbhulal has reviewed more than 80 papers in reputed peer-reviewed journals, such as IEEE Access, IEEE JBHI, and IEEE Transactions. He is an Editorial Board Member of Springer’s International Journal of Information Security (since 2022) and the MDPI journal Signals (since 2020). For three years (2019-2021) he was the Organizing Chair of the Workshop on Decentralized Technologies and Applications for IoT (D’IoT) in conjunction with the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC). He is an organizer of the international workshop on System Security Assurance (SecAssure 2022 and 2023) with ESORICS. He also serves as a TPC member of several conferences, seminars, and workshops at national and international levels.



Name: Dr. Ankur Shukla

Email: Ankur.Shukla@ife.no

Affiliation: Institute for Energy Technology, 1777 Halden, Norway

Biography: Dr. Ankur Shukla is currently working as a Research Scientist at the Department of Risk and Security, Institute of Energy Technology (IFE), Halden, Norway. He received his Ph.D. in software reliability from the Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad, India. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching and research. Dr. Shukla’s research focuses on the cybersecurity and reliability of various systems, including IoT, digital twins, cloud computing, software applications, and web applications. He is working on the development of efficient and high-level security assurance methods and techniques to secure services within various application domains, including energy, transport, smart cities, and healthcare. He was awarded the Alain Bensoussan Fellowship by the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). He is an organizer of the international workshop on System Security Assurance (SecAssure 2022 and 2023) with ESORICS and served as a TPC member at several national and international conferences and workshops.



Name: Dr. Habtamu Abie

Email: abie@nr.no

Affiliation: Norsk Regnesentral (Norwegian Computing Center, NR), 0373 Oslo, Norway

Biography: Habtamu Abie, Ph.D., is currently a Chief Research Scientist at NR. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the University of Oslo, and has many years of experience in computing, both as a practitioner and researcher. He has a solid and extensive background in the design and development of real-time systems and the design, modeling, and development of adaptive security for distributed computing systems. His current research interests include adaptive security, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, adaptive threat hunting and intelligence, risk management, 5G and beyond, Internet of Things, and digital twins for enhancing cybersecurity and resilience.




Name: Mr. Emiliano Marquesini

Affiliation: Digital Smart Group, Barcelona, Spain

Email: emiliano@digitalsmartgroup.com

Presentation: “5G High-Performance Mobile Broadband Kit for IoT and OT-Cybersecurity Mission-Critical Applications and Infrastructure”

Biography: Emiliano Marquesini is a Co-Founder of Digital Smart Group and VP S&M. Emiliano graduated as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer, with more than 30 years working in Industrial Automation and Utility segments across multiple countries with specialization in Software Solutions for Industrial and Utilities customers and Data Communications for Operational Technology. He has got strong and practical knowledge of IoT/IIoT and cybersecurity for OT (Operational Technology). He has experience of working and living abroad, including 3 years in Singapore and France, 17 years in the UK (overseas customers), 4.5 years in the Middle East (UAE/Dubai), and 5 years in Barcelona, Spain.



Name: Prof. Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro

Affiliation: Télécom SudParis, Paris, France

Email: joaquin.garcia_alfaro@telecom-sudparis.eu

Presentation: “Digital Twins and Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors”

Biography: Prof. Dr. Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro is a full professor at the Networks and Telecommunication Services Department at Télécom SudParis (Institut Mines-Télécom) and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). His research interests include a wide range of cybersecurity problems, with an emphasis on the management of formal policies, analysis of vulnerabilities, and enforcement of countermeasures. He holds a double Ph.D. diploma in computer science and a research Habilitation from Sorbonne Université. He is involved in several research projects at National and European levels related to ICT security. He has served as general chair of conferences such as RAID and ATC, and in the technical committee of conferences such as ESORICS and AsiaCCS. He has been the recipient of several awards for excellence in his career. His work has also been disseminated in terms of patents, industrial transfer of proof-of-concept tools, and science divulgation magazines.

Relevant Special Issue:

Cybersecurity and Reliability for 5G and Beyond and IoT Applications

Edited by: Dr. Sandeep Pirbhulal and Dr. Habtamu Abie

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