Ericsson and partners to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities for next-gen networks


Concordia University has partnered with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and telecommunications firm Ericsson to develop next-generation cybersecurity platforms.

The three parties will create a new Industry Research Chair in Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation (SDN/NFV) Security.

The aim is to improve cybersecurity capabilities for Internet of Things networks of the future including 5G.

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The partnership will invest up to $1.8 million to bring together industry and academia to develop novel processes, techniques and technologies for compliance-driven monitoring, attack prevention, detection and mitigation solutions.

Christophe Guy, vice president of research and graduate studies at Concordia University, said: “Concordia is taking the lead in cybersecurity research, and that includes providing the Canadian telecommunications industry with innovative solutions to counteract costly cyberattacks,”

“This partnership with Ericsson and NSERC will generate transferable knowledge and technologies to strengthen the national critical infrastructure that society depends on today.”

Lingyu Wang, professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), adds;  “As the IoT grows in tandem with emerging 5G technology, it’s crucial to assure the security and stability — peace of mind — of both physical and virtual infrastructures across our increasingly networked world,” says Wang. “To that end, I’m honoured to partner with Ericsson for our research on SDN/NFV security. We aim to strengthen Canada’s leadership in innovation and creating high-skilled workers in such a strategically important area.”

Eva Fogelström, director of security at Ericsson Research, reiterates: “With the increased focus on cybersecurity in general, and on security assurance in particular, it’s vital that we pursue research in new advanced methods and solutions for compliance and monitoring.”