From the early smoke signals used by Chinese warlords in 1800 BC to the latest 5G mobile evolution, security threats have always plagued how humans communicate. Each revolution in telecom technology brought forward new security threats, new attack vectors and new ways to compromise the integrity of our personal communications. As telecommunications evolve and grow, they become an integral part of our digital lives and the backbone of national security for many countries. Each technological revolution in telecoms brings us more standards, more protocols, more interconnected networks, more applications and ultimately more ways to compromise the security of those critical infrastructures.
This presentation will focus on the evolving nature of the threats faced by telecommunications operators and service providers and the history of countermeasures used to defeat them.