MWC23 Barcelona – GSMA SEC CON 2023

MWC23 Barcelona – GSMA SEC CON 2023

Start: Thursday 2 March 2023 09:30

End: Thursday 2 March 2023 15:00

Venue: CC. 5.0 Fira Barcelona Gran Via

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Securing Telecoms in Times of Conflict

The GSMA was created on the common understanding to build and operate a world-wide mobile telecommunication network without borders.

Today, international changes in communication security and supply chain resilience are at the fore front of the evolution of telecommunication.

The diverging international challenges require a closer dialogue on security and supply chain between industry and a wide range of ecosystem players.

Join us at GSMA SEC CON to hear from leading security experts, in both the public and private sector, on how to keep telecoms secure in times of conflict.

Register your interest to join us at the GSMA security conference by submitting the online form below. Places are strictly limited, and successful registrations will be notified shortly.


Session 1 – The Mobile Network Battlefield – Recognizing the role of telecoms during conflict
Telecoms represent a significant battlefield for cyber warfare. As a vital component of a nation’s infrastructure, defending mobile networks is a high priority. This session will discuss the challenges that conflict poses to the mobile industry and strategies for building resilience in this rapidly evolving arena.
Time Session Speaker
9.30-9.35 Welcome and Intro Samantha Kight , Head of Industry Security, GSMA
9.35 – 09.45 Key Note: Recognizing the role of telecoms during conflict


Throughout history we have seen how new technology changes the experiences of people caught up in conflict. This key note explores how the GSMA has built a network to bring the industry together to support the efforts in maintaining and standing up connectivity.

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
09.45 – 10.20 Case Study: The Mobile Network Battlefield


Mobile Networks and mobile phones are now ubiquitous throughout the world, and that includes on the Battlefield. We profile the history of mobile networks in conflicts, with a focus on their use in Ukraine. We will initially cover the expected outcome and the actual uses of mobile networks, as well as how both sides prepared and adapted over time. Then we shall present some of the results of new research on how mobile networks can be used on the battlefield. Finally, we will give recommendations on how network and countries around the world can learn from this conflict to help build in resilience and security into their own societies

Cathal McDaid, Chief Technology Officer, ENEA AdaptiveMobile Security
10.20 – 11.00 Panel Discussion: Building resilience in mobile networks



Silke Holtmanns (FI), PwC Finland 5G Security Team


Dan Beaman, Global Director – 5G, Palo Alto

Cathal McDaid, Chief Technology Officer, ENEA AdaptiveMobile Security

Andrew Lloyd, Vice President and Head of Government and Industrial Relations, Ericsson

Mr Yurii Matsyk, Head of the MDT’s Department of Fixed Broadband, Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation

11.00 Closing Samantha Kight , Head of Industry Security, GSMA
11.00 – 11.30 Networking Break
Session 2 – Keeping Civilians Connexted in Conflict – Looking at the lifecycle from devices to networks
Conflict threatens civilian access to critical services of all kinds. From devices to the network, decisions made across the lifecycle have an impact on keeping civilians connected during conflict. This session will discuss the impact of conflict on civilians and how mobile network services can help to mitigate some of these effects.
Time Session Speaker
11.30-11.35 Welcome and Intro Samantha Kight , Head of Industry Security, GSMA
11.35 – 11.55 Key Note: Keeping Civilians Connected in Conflict – Kyvstar’s experience

Connectivity is a humanitarian need during the war.

Ukraine is facing a growing humanitarian catastrophe and connectivity plays a vital role during evacuation, providing help and medical services, having access to information and being connected with loved ones. Kyivstar, the biggest mobile operator in Ukraine, will share lifehacks on how to be prepared for crisis scenarios during war times, focusing on four strategics pillars:

  • Securing people
  • Securing the network
  • How to work during blackouts
  • Humanitarian help

Kyivstar is working day and night to provide sustainable and secure mobile communication services ensuring that all Ukrainians can access information, use critical digital services and contact loved ones.

Volodymyr Lutchenko, Chief Technology Officer, Kyivstar
11.55 – 12.30 Fireside Chat: Looking at the lifecycle from devices to networks


David Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Copper Horse


Justin Williams, Group Information Security, MTN

Volodymyr Lutchenko, Chief Technology Officer, Kyivstar


12.30 Closing Samantha Kight , Head of Industry Security, GSMA
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break
Session 3 – Disinformation, Propaganda and Active Measures – Securing telecoms to stop fake news from spreading
In times of conflict, an honest exchange of information is hard to come by. Disinformation can be spread extensively through telecoms, presenting security challenges for operators and the wider ecosystem. This session will discuss the implications of disinformation, propaganda and active measures for telecoms during conflicts
Time Session Speaker
13.30-13.35 Welcome and Intro Samantha Kight , GSMA
13.35 – 13.45 Key Note: How Digital Infrastructure is Shaping Today and Tomorrows Conflicts 


Massive digital transformation is shaping our world, and not always for the better. While disinformation and misinformation are hardly new, these and other digital harms are being turbo-changed by digital connectivity.

Our growing dependence on satellites, data centers, underwater cables, cell phones, digital platforms and the algorithms that power them are bringing both opportunities and risks.


From Afghanistan and Yemen to Haiti and Mexico, the spread of digital harms has real world consequences. They can determine whether someone lives or dies by shaping everything from access to security and protection, to water, food, healthcare, and vaccines.

During this key note Secdev Group will talk about how digital dependencies offer both lifelines and liabilities.


Robert Muggah, Co-Founder, SecDev
13.45 – 14.25 Case Study: Cognitive Influence Operations during Gray Zone Conflict – A Case for Industry Risk Reduction David Simpson, Professor, Virginia Tech
14.25 – 15.00 Panel Discussion: Securing telecoms to stop fake news from spreading



Moderator: Philippe.Vuilleumier , Senior Security Advisor, Swisscom


David Simpson, Professor, Virginia Tech

Erika Magonara, Cybersecurity Officer, European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)


15.00 Closing Samantha Kight , Head of Industry Security, GSMA

Our Speakers:

Opening Remarks:

Mats Granryd

Director General, GSMA

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events.

Mats is a strong proponent of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. He is now spearheading initiatives to amplify and accelerate the mobile industry’s impact on all 17 of the SDGs, across both developed and developing markets.

Mats serves on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, which is focused on leveraging ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development. Within the Commission, he chairs the Working Group on Digital Gender Divide to address the digital gender divide and foster the equal inclusion of women and girls in broadband access and use. Mats is a leader with The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. From 2016 to 2018, Mats was also a Commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, working with CEOs across many industries to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy.

Mats brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2016, Mats was President and CEO of Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators with more than 16 million customers across nine countries.

Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson, most recently as Head of Northern Europe and Central Asia. While at Ericsson, he also led the North West Europe, India, CDMA and North Africa units, as well as the global customer accounts for Vodafone and Bharti.

Mats holds a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Session 1:

Cathal McDaid

Chief Technology Officer, Enea AdaptiveMobile Security

Cathal Mc Daid is the CTO at Enea AdaptiveMobile Security. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in mobile network security, and is the author of the GSMA’s signalling security guidelines (FS.11). His research work focuses on security of mobile core network and messaging technologies – including the discovery of the Simjacker vulnerability – as well as the area of nation-state exploitation of mobile core networks.

Andrew Lloyd

Vice President and Head of Government and Industrial Relations, Ericsson

Andrew Lloyd leads Ericsson’s Government and Policy Advocacy team engaging senior international government, policy, and institutional stakeholders and providing high level political/policy insight and advice to support Ericsson’s growth.  Prior to Ericsson, he led Norwegian energy company Equinor’s global political and public affairs team from 2014 to 2021. He joined Equinor (known then as Statoil) in September 2012 as Vice President in the Global Strategy and Business Development unit.

Formerly, Mr Lloyd was British High Commissioner to Nigeria (2010 – 2012). Prior to Nigeria, he was the Foreign Office Director for Africa (2006-2008) – the senior foreign policy adviser on Africa to the British Foreign Secretary and No10, leading a network of 30-plus British Embassies, High Commissions and other diplomatic posts in Africa. He has held a number of senior diplomatic appointments with the British Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

He has a BSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, and an Executive MBA from London Business School & Columbia University, New York. He has attended the UK Royal College of Defence Studies (2003) and the UK Civil Service Top Management Programme (2006).

From 2006 to 2008, Andrew was a Governor of the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Dan Beaman

Global Director - 5G | IoT | MEC, Palo Alto Networks

Dan Beaman is Palo Alto Networks Global Director of 5G, IoT, and Multi Access Edge Computing (MEC) security solutions. His teams deliver mission critical cyber security solutions for mobile networks supporting the largest Service Providers and Enterprise customers Globally. Prior to leading the Global 5G team, Dan led Palo Alto Networks Federal Systems Integrator business. In this role, he was responsible for leading Federal program initiatives with Palo Alto Networks most strategic Federal customers and system integrator partners. In this capacity, Dan also served as Palo Alto Networks strategic Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 lead, working with DHS CISA to align adoption of use cases for Government customers.

Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Dan held a number of leadership positions at F5 Networks, Samsung and was head of Vodafone’s Global Public Sector business. While at Vodafone, his teams were responsible for driving digital transformation efforts with global clients in Banking, Finance and Global Government.

With more than 21 years of IT and business development experience, Dan has spent his career providing customers with insight to help transform their infrastructure and enhance operational capabilities through the use of technology. He has remained focused on assisting customers with technology solutions and leading teams that effectively solve business requirements rapidly.

Silke Holtmanns

Telecommunication Security Expert, PwC

Silke has over 22 years of telecommunication security experience. She worked for Ericsson, Nokia, AdaptiveMobile Security, ENEA and is now with the PwC Finland 5G Security Team. She holds a PhD in Mathematics and is a Certified Information System and Cloud Security Professional (CISSP and CCSP). The technology evolved and Silke is evolving with it from mobile payments, WAP, 3GPP, GSMA, LTE & 5G, remote provisioning, core network, OpenRAN, SMS, interconnection, threat analysis, to cloud & virtualization and security compliance. She has discovered new attacks e.g., for slicing attacks, location and presented at Blackhat and Defcon.

Silke served as a member of the EU ENISA Advisory Group and the GSMA Panel of Experts. In her position at PwC she assists governments, vendors, hyperscalers, vertical industries and operators to provide secure 5G offerings to their partners.

Yuriy Matsyk

Head of the MDT’s Department of Fixed Broadband, Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation

Master of Law and Master of Telecommunications.

He has been responsible for the creation of the State Policy of Internet Development in Ukraine since the creation of the Ministry in 2019.

He works in the wartime and strives for wins on the telecommunication battlefield. He has 4 years of experience at Ukrtelecom being an operation region manager, and more than 7 years in the banking sector (mainly at Raiffeisen Bank Aval) he implemented bank operational risk management and bank`s information security systems.

Session 2:

Volodymyr Lutchenko

Chief Technology Officer, Kyivstar

Volodymyr Lutchenko, Kyivstar´s Chief Technology Officer has 25-year experience, worked for the biggest mobile and fixed broadband companies in Ukraine (Kyivstar, Lifecell, Datagroup, Volia, Farlep), took leading roles in M&As and transformation projects in Ukraine telecommunication area.
As CTO of Ukraine’s largest mobile operator, Volodymyr faced huge technical challenges starting from beginning of Russia-Ukraine war: massive migration inside and outside of Ukraine, destroyed infrastructure, blackouts, cyberthreats, etc.

Thanks to the initiatives developed by Volodymyr and his team before the war and during the active military operations, 90% of the Kyivstar telecom network continues to work and provide people with communication services.

Volodymyr is winner of Y2022 international awards from:
– NetworkX in category “Telco Executive of the Year”
– Mobile Europe in category “Above and Beyond”

David Rogers MBE

Chief Executive Officer, Copper Horse

David is a mobile phone and IoT security specialist who runs Copper Horse Ltd, a software and security company based in Windsor, UK. His company is currently focusing on product security for the Internet of Things as well as future automotive cyber security.

David chairs the Fraud and Security Group at the GSMA. He authored the UK’s ‘Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security’, in collaboration with UK government and industry colleagues and is a member of the UK’s Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

From 2015-2022 he sat on the Executive Board of the Internet of Things Security Foundation. He has worked in the mobile industry for over twenty years in security and engineering roles. Prior to this he worked in the semiconductor industry.

David holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford and a HND in Mechatronics from the University of Teesside. He lectured in Mobile Systems Security at the University of Oxford from 2012-2019 and served as a Visiting Professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at York St John University.

He was awarded an MBE for services to Cyber Security in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.

He blogs from and tweets @drogersuk

Justin Williams

Group CISO, MTN Group

As Group CISO, Justin Williams has led the Group Security function of MTN for the last 7 years. During this time has established the Group Security function and transformed security across the organisation. He was previously an executive director at EY responsible for Cyber Security, having spent 19 years with the firm in various IT and information security roles. Williams also headed up information security at Transnet for three years, where he established the function, defined the strategy and rolled out Transnet’s information security programme for the group. Williams is a CA (SA), MBA, CISSP, CRISC and CGEIT. He has been recognised as a Global Top 100 Leader in Information Security (Corinium), is a previous Audit Committee and Board Member for ISACA South Africa, an Advisory Board Member and was also awarded the Thomas H Fitzgerald Award for achieving the highest score in the world for the December 2014 CISA exam.

Session 3:

Robert Muggah

Co-Founder, SecDev Group

Robert Muggah specializes in security, cities and new technologies. He co-founded the Igarapé Institute – ranked the top social policy think tank in the world in 2019 – and the SecDev Group – devoted to disrupting digital risk and strengthening cyber security. Robert is also a senior adviser to McKinseys and is faculty at Singularity University. For two decades he has advised national and municipal governments, tech companies and international organizations on issues ranging from crime prevention to urban planning. Robert received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and his MPhil from the University of Sussex.

Robert is (or has been) a fellow or faculty at the University of Oxford, the University of San Diego, the University of British Columbia, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Graduate Institute in Switzerland. He advises the World Economic Forum’s Council on Cities and the annual Global Risk Report and the Global Parliament of Mayors. Robert has authored eight books and over one hundred peer-review journal articles. He is a regular contributor to the Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Guardian, Economist, New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Wired and gave TED talks in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

David Simpson

Professor, Virginia Tech

Rear Admiral Retired David Simpson has influenced National Defense and Homeland Security policy and provided cutting edge Information, Communications Technology and Cybersecurity solutions for more than 30 years. He previously served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from 2013 to 2017.

As Bureau Chief, he oversaw public safety, homeland security, and cybersecurity activities for more than 30,000 commercial companies in the telecommunications sector. Simpson served as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) from 2011 to 2013. In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the Defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT). Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT, and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

Admiral Simpson is responsible for cybersecurity course and program development in the Master of Information Technology and the Master of Business Administration programs and leads research initiatives for telecommunications and cybersecurity. He has published numerous papers and articles to include a recent research report for The Brookings Institute: “5G is Smart; Now Let’s Make it Secure”.

Erika Magonara

Cybersecurity Officer, European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

Erika is cybersecurity officer at the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), dedicated to achieving a high common level of cybersecurity across Europe. She deals with cybersecurity from a public policy perspective – data analysis, capacity building and standardisation.

In the past 10 years, she has been working on European digital policy and cybersecurity for the EU institutions, managing a multi-million European program implementing the EU digital strategy and a large portfolio of cybersecurity projects for capacity building and operational cooperation in the EU Member States.

Erika holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Bologna University and has further specialized in Cyberdiplomacy topics.

Philippe Vuilleumier

Senior Security Advisor, Swisscom

Philippe Vuilleumier has been with Swisscom for almost 20 years.

In his previous role he served as the Chief Security Officer and Head of Group Security from September 2015 until the end of 2022. During his term of office, the maturity and operationalization of the security function was significantly strengthened. This includes better alignment and operationalization of security strategies, increases in product and infrastructure security including protection, detection, and responses against cyber-attacks.

Prior to this role, Philippe held various management positions in the technology division of Swisscom Switzerland, including 5 years as Head of Network & IT Operations with overall responsibility for IT and network operations. Before taking over as Head of Group Security, he was CEO of the subsidiary Alphapay from 2013. Since January 2023 and in his new role as Senior Security Advisor, he has been leading various projects to further improve Swisscom’s security, working both with customers and internal stakeholders.

Before joining Swisscom, Philippe Vuilleumier held various management positions at Zurich Insurance Group, Equant and IBM.

His qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business Telecommunications from Delft University of Technology and an Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Marketing Management.
Philippe is currently a member of the board of Electrosuisse, is actively involved in various organisations in the field of physical and cyber security and was Chairman of the Board of SEC Consult Switzerland AG.

Master of Ceremonies:

Samantha Kight

Head of Industry Security, GSMA

Samantha Kight is the Head of Industry at the GSMA. She is responsible for driving the Security and Fraud direction of the GSMA and working with the industry to execute key initiatives within this space.

Since being at the GSMA she has successfully set up Telecommunication Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (T-ISAC) and Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) Programmes.

Prior to joining the GSMA she worked within a Mobile Network Operator Group function.
She also has a diverse background having worked across the non profit, corporate and association sectors.

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