MWC23 Las Vegas – GSMA SEC CON 2023

MWC23 Las Vegas – GSMA SEC CON 2023

Start: Wednesday 27 September 2023 09:30

End: Wednesday 27 September 2023 12:30

Venue: Level 2 W220, Las Vegas Convention Center, West Hall

Location: Las Vegas

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 forefront 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. Please submit the online form at the bottom of the page.


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
09.30 – 09.33 Welcome and Intro Samantha Kight, Head of Industry Security, GSMA
09.33 – 09.40 Keynote: 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
09.40 – 10.05 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
10.05 – 10.25 Keynote: 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
10.25 – 10.45 Fireside Chat: Building resilience in mobile networks Samantha Kight , Head of Industry Security, GSMA


Cathal McDaid, Chief Technology Officer, ENEA AdaptiveMobile Security


Volodymyr Lutchenko, Chief Technology Officer, Kyivstar

10.45 Closing Samantha Kight, Head of Industry Security, GSMA
10.45 – 11:30 Networking Break
Session 2 – Disinformation: 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
11.30 – 11.35 Welcome  Samantha Kight, Head of Industry Security, GSMA
11.35 – 11.45 Intro: 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 intro, SecDev Group will talk about how digital dependencies offer both lifelines and liabilities.

Robert Muggah, Co-Founder, SecDev
11.45 – 12.05 Case Study: Cognitive Influence Operations during Gray Zone Conflict – A Case for Industry Risk Reduction


David Simpson, Professor, Virginia Tech


12.05 – 12.25 Fireside Chat: Securing telecoms to stop fake news from spreading Samantha Kight, Head of Industry Security, GSMA


David Simpson, Professor, Virginia Tech 


Charles Clancy, Ph.D. Chief Futurist, MITRE

12.25 – 12.30 Closing Samantha Kight, Head of Industry Security, GSMA

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