PQCyber Workshop Keynote: 17 April,15:00 – 16:00
Title: IBM Quantum safe and roadmap overview
Author: Alberto García Fernandez
Company: IBM Quantum Community
Chair: Pino Caballero-Gi
Abstract: In this presentation, we will provide an in-depth analysis of the current state of IBM quantum technology, with a particular focus on its potential impact on several industries, including healthcare, finance, and transportation. We will provide a clear overview of the future of IBM Quantum technology and the roadmap that will guide its development. Moreover, we will thoroughly examine the potential implications of quantum technology on cybersecurity, highlighting the possible vulnerabilities of current encryption methods in the face of quantum computing-based attacks. We will then delve into post-quantum cryptography and explore how it can be leveraged to ensure the future security of sensitive data.

Alberto García Fernandez IBM Quantum Community, Engineer Lead
Alberto Garcia Fernandez is an Engineer and Master in Telecommunications from UPC. Currently, he is a member of the Quantum Technologies Council of the Generalitat and the Engineering leader of Quantum Community IBM. With over 15 years of experience in multinational companies, he has acquired a specific background in HPC, which he has combined with a transition to Quantum technology environments over the last 4 years.

Keynote 1: 18 April,9:00-10:00
Title: The rise of Open Programmable IP/Optical Networks at the Edges to deliver 6G Services
Author: Dominique Verchere
Company: Nokia Bell Labs, France
Chair: Xavi Masip
Abstract: 6G services like metaverse use cases, holographic telepresence, HD live productions, and eXtended Reality (XR) aim to deliver immersive experiences. These new services require guaranteed end-to- end connectivity services associated with IT services. It is expected that such services will therefore be deployed over and executed by computing systems ranging from central data centers to distributed edges of the transport networks, namely the transport edges. The deployments will have to be automatically planned per 6G service requirements including network capacity, end-to-end connectivity latency, IT processing capabilities, availability, security, and ubiquity. Once deployed, the execution of 6G services will have to rely on the scales of the data centers located at the transport network; each datacenter being characterized by its capabilities in terms of computing, memory, storage, and interconnect, as well as its connectivity services to steer the traffic generated from and to the datacenters and the tenants. The control of IT resources hosted at datacenters becomes crucial for 6G services, consequently IT resource control must be coordinated with the control of the transport networks as part of cooperative communications/computation control platforms. Our proposal is to consolidate the control of open and disaggregated transport networks and move beyond transport edges by cooperating with the control of the IT-resources to design transport slices. The coordinated control of transport network resources and IT-resources is further enabled by disaggregating IT-servers at the edges. Disaggregation of datacenters implies the evolution from the existing coarse server-centric model to a new fine-grained IT-resource-centric model. The result of disaggregating datacenters is a new architecture that is fully network-centric offering flexibility to select the available IT-units at the edges needed for 6G services and to allocate them during their execution times. The keynote exposes a new end-to-end service orchestration platform going beyond the current IP connectivity services to design transport slices for 6G services. And it describes the need for multi- domain Edge Service Orchestrator to enable cooperative IT and network resource control leveraging on service-based scheduling and provisioning of IT-services-aware transport slices. The Edge Service Orchestration relies on the corresponding model-driven network service interfaces to delegate the provisioning of edge-aware transport connectivity services to the SDN controllers. The remaining challenges to provision transport network slices on-demand for 6G services over multi-domain transport networks will be indicated and conclude the keynote.

Dominique Verchere
Dominique Verchere is Expert & Senior Researcher on « future transport network control and management» at “Network Architecture Research lab” of Bell Labs Core Research part of NOKIA Bell Labs. He has researched and applied breakthrough concepts on Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller for Flexi-Grid Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Networks and Digital Optical Transport Networks (OTN). He proved advanced concepts on open disaggregated transport networks with IP & Optical Networks to deliver Cloud Services. He pushed the containers network functions as microservices into Optical Network Control & Management Platforms. He hold an Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Sciences degree on Physics Measures options, Master of Sciences degree on Material Physics (Grenoble University), Master degree in Computer Science and PhD degree in Computer Science (Paris VI University) on Telecom Systems modelling and performance evaluation. Within NOKIA Bell Labs he has published on dynamic optical network control functions, IP router systems, scheduler algorithms, optical switching systems, cloud networking and end-to-end service orchestration at International Conferences and Journal papers, and he led more than 30 patents on IP & Optical Networking.

Keynote 2: 18 April, 15:00-16:00
Title: Security and Resilience in Containerized 5G Radio Access Networks
Author: Oscar Carrasco
Company: Casa-systems, Spain
Chair: Eva Rodriguez

5G Radio Access Networks are evolving to support a highly distributed placement of the protocol stack functions, addressing multiple service types and deployment models. This new architecture is practically implemented using the guidelines defined by the Open RAN Alliance and the operator community. Disaggregation between hardware and software using open interfaces and virtualization, hosting RAN applications as cloud-native functions for fostering the supply chain diversity, flexibility, competition, and technology innovation are key drivers of this new paradigm and Linux Containers are becoming the de facto industry standard to build virtualized Radio Access Networks functions. Kubernetes can also be considered as the natural choice for container orchestration, but there are several challenges for making Kubernetes production‑ready for carrier-grade RAN deployments, being critical how resilience and security is addressed when developing carrier-grade Open RAN solutions that shall enforce Zero Trust Security models and carrier-grade availability (>99.999%) and quality of experience of 5G network services.

Oscar Carrasco
Holds a B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecom Engineering and in Economic Sciences and has been researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is Professor of Wireless Networks at the Mobile Communications Master degree of the UPV, and contributes actively to different standardization bodies like 3GPP or the Small Cell Forum. Óscar has worked in several fields like channel coding and modulation, self-organizing networks, artificial intelligence, time sensitive networking, network management, virtualization and software development. He was the Technical Coordinator of the SPEED-5G 5G-PPP project and Innovation Architect in the 5G-ESSENCE 5G-PPP project. Since 2017, he works at Casa Systems as RAN Engineering director leading the SW development of Casa Systems RAN solutions.

Keynote 3: 19 April, 9:00-10:00
Title: Quantum Key Distribution Network Design – what makes it different to classical network design?
Author: Matthias Gunkel
Company: Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Chair: Dominic Schupke
Abstract: This talk gives an overview on the design of quantum key distribution networks. After presenting the general threat scenario of state-of-the-art public key exchange, the basic concept of QKD including physical constraints is briefly introduced. Then a layered carrier-grade QKD network architecture is sketched. The quantum-secured key-forwarding concept requires an adapted path calculation that relies on a new, buffer-aware metric based on key storage filling between neighbouring nodes. Finally, the German research project DemoQuanDT is introduced as a practical example of a carrier-grade QKD demo link connecting Berlin and Bonn.

Matthias Gunkel
Matthias Gunkel is a Senior Network Architect within Deutsche Telekom group in Darmstadt, Germany. After his PhD in telecommunications from Darmstadt Technical University, he joined Deutsche Telekom in 1999, where he was initially responsible for high-speed high-capacity optical transmission systems and architecture as well “IP plus Optical” multilayer network implementations. Since 2017 he is involved in various DT’s activities related to practical roll-out of a carrier-grade QKD platform. Further, he actively contributes to a support action on national QKD network deployments in European Union’s Member States.

Keynote 4: 19 April, 15:00-16:00
Title: Interoperable, Efficient and Cognitive Data-driven Continuum Management Strategy
Author: Francesco D’Andria
Chair: Admela Jukan

Cloud-Edge-IoT (CEI) Continuum systems accommodate widely distributed computing applications involving multiple diverse resources connected to the Internet. Such a complex computing system requires an innovative management approach that should be able to seamlessly and intelligently handle highly heterogeneous physical and logical resources to facilitate dynamic, (semi-)automated, cost-effective (green) and adaptive resource management. On top of such resources, computational tasks should be managed through appropriate orchestration strategies, including appropriate elastic balancing of different tasks within the continuum, to optimise resource utilisation and guarantee QoS and privacy, while ensuring resilience and end-to-end security. In addition, a novel approach to CEI management systems should embed the openness of the computing continuum, thus contributing to the emergence of industrial open edge ecosystems, where it is crucial to establish European leadership.

Francesco D’Andria
Francesco D'Andria is Head of the Edge Technology and Immersive Media Research Unit at Eviden BDS R&D Group. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salerno, Italy. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in scientific areas including multi-cloud management, edge, fog, IoT and energy-efficient and cognitive service topology optimization across the cloud-edge-IoT continuum, as well as media, augmented reality and gamification technologies. He has extensive experience in large-scale software R&D projects and is currently coordinating the ICOS (Towards a functional continuum operating system) project. He previously coordinated the H2020 ProsocialLearn project "Gamification of Prosocial Learning for Increased Youth Inclusion and Academic Achievement", FP7 SeaClouds and Cloud4SoA projects on seamless adaptive multi-cloud management of service-based applications.

IOSEC & SCENE Workshops Keynote: April 20, 11:40 - 12:20
Title: RATs and InfoStealers: Mission Spain and Catalonia
Author:Jose Luis Sánchez Martínez
Company: BlackBerry Cylance

    2023 is being a year where Spain and Catalonia have become a major target for many cybercriminal actors to carry out operations to distribute RATs and InfoStealers against national organizations. In many cases, these accounts are subsequently sold on darkweb markets. We will look at some recent campaigns that have been carried out and are in full execution to detect how the threat actors operate.

    Jose Luis Sánchez Martínez
    Senior Threat Researcher at BlackBerry Cylance. Member of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Cyber Threat Landscape at ENISA.


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