IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
12–15 September 2022 // Virtual Conference

Panel 05: How will security look in the next generation?

Thursday 15 September, 14:30-16:00 (UTC +9)


In this panel we will discuss with experts from around the globe regarding security for the next generation of mobile communications system or IMT-2030 otherwise known as 6G. With time importance of security has become evident and now security sits in the front seat as the business driver, even more so with expected penetration of 6G. Thus, it is of paramount importance that security is considered from the very beginning as we move towards the next general of mobile communications system.
Every new generation of mobile communication system has brought deeper penetration in human society. Starting with 4G we saw that mobile systems could connect with things around us thus expanding the services provided. With 5G we are observing that the enhancements will lead to even deeper penetration in our planet alone the human society. This penetration of mobile communications systems in every aspects of our life will continue while increased use of commonly used technology becomes a norm as we move towards 6G. Obviously all these aspects (increased connectivity, openness, digitalization of everything) means a bigger footprint and thus increased attack surface. Understanding the potential attacks together with its impacts and identifying potential solutions becomes ever critical when talking about 6G thus holistic security considerations from the very beginning becomes a must.


  1. How can security take the lead in discussions regarding 6G instead of taking a backseat to architecture or business considerations?
  2. What do you see as major gaps in mobile communications systems today that needs to be taken care of in 6G?
  3. Are there any specific security technology we should expect to be part of the 6G system?
  4. What are your thoughts on security issues in 6G era that we have not observed today? Immersive technology and associated services seem to be a direction we might go in 6G era, should security be considered from complete system perspective, or can it be separate for such services?
  5. How do you think standardization will play a role in the 6G era? Would a single body take the lead?
  6. What are your thoughts regarding regulations as we move forward? How do you think regulations in 6G should work in the global society?


Anand R. Prasad (Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber LLC, Japan)

List of Panelists

Neeli R. Prasad (TrustedMobi “VehicleAvatar Inc.”, USA)

Fei Liu (Huawei, Singapore)

Koji Nakao (NICT, Japan)

Alf Zugenmaier (Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany)


Anand R. Prasad is Partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber (DTCY) for connectivity security wher he also leads the emerging technology unit & he is Board of Director at Digital Nasional Berhad. Prior to that Anand was Founder and CEO of wenovator LLC – acquired by DTCY – and advisor to NTT DOCOMO. He was CISO, board member, of Rakuten Mobile, where he led all aspects of enterprise and mobile network security starting from scratch to design, deployment and operations. Anand was Chairman of 3GPP SA3 where, among others, he led the standardisation of 5G security. He is also advisor to several organizations, an innovator with 50+ patents, a recognized keynote speaker and a prolific writer with 6 books and 50+ publications. He is a Fellow of IET & IETE, and Editor of Cyber Security Magazine & Journal of ICT Standardization by River Publishers.

Koji Nakao received the B.E. degree of Mathematics from Waseda University, in Japan, in 1979. Since joining KDDI in 1979, Koji has been engaged in the research on communication protocol, and information security technology for telecommunications in KDDI laboratory. His current interests are IoT security, 5G security and Supply-Chain security and so on. His present positions are “Distinguished Researcher” to manage research activities for cybersecurity technologies in NICT and “Guest Professor” of Yokohama National University on IoT security research. Koji has also been an Advisor of Cybersecurity for CABINET SECRETARIAT in Japanese government since April 2017. Koji has also made significant contributions to ITU-T SG17 (Security), where he has been involved in the development of international standards and has been acting as a chair of WP3 (Cyber Security).

Neeli R. Prasad is a cybersecurity, networking and IoT strategist. She has throughout her career been driving business and technology innovation, from incubation to prototyping to validation and is currently an entrepreneur and consultant in Silicon Valley. She has made her way up the “waves of secure communication technology by contributing to the most groundbreaking and commercial inventions. She has general management, leadership and technology skills, having worked for service providers and technology companies in various key leadership roles. She is the advisory board member for the European Commission H2020 projects. She is also a vice chair and patronage chair of IEEE Communication Society Globecom/ICC Management & Strategy Committee (COMSOC GIMS) and Chair of the Marketing, Strategy and IEEE Staff Liaison Group. She is Director of CGC, USA, full Professor at Department of Business Development and Technology (BTech), Aarhus University and was assistant head of department and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering at International Technological University (ITU), USA.
Dr. Prasad has led global teams of researchers across multiple technical areas and projects in Japan, India, throughout Europe and USA. She has been involved in numerous research and development projects. She also led multiple EU projects such as CRUISE, LIFE 2.0, ASPIRE, etc. as project coordinator and PI. She has played key roles from concept to implementation to standardization. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business and technological problems and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally across the industry have reshaped and elevated her role as project coordinator making her a preferred partner in multinational and European Commission project consortiums.
She has 4 books on IoT and WiFi, many book chapters, peer-reviewed international journal papers and over 200 international conference papers. Dr. Prasad received her Master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Netherland’s renowned Delft University of Technology, with a focus on personal mobile and radar communications. She was awarded her Ph.D. degree from Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy, on Adaptive Security for Wireless Heterogeneous Networks.

Fei Liu is the principal researcher for 6G security in Huawei. Her team has been developing 5G security standards accepted by ITU-T and 3GPP, and security solutions for industrial applications. The team currently working on the 6G-oriented security and trust technologies, including trust model and architecture, consensus schemes, privacy preservation, and trust measurement. Her practice areas include telecom network security standardization, industrialization, and strategy development. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the telecom and security industries. While working at China Mobile, she led the practical projects, Mobile-TV Security Project, Mobile e-Payment Security Project, and Key Infrastructure Project, contributing to cross-industry cooperation. She was one of the first major contributors to the opening of China’s cryptographic algorithm to 3GPP standards. As a result of these successful projects, she and her team have received several Science and Technology Progress Awards from the China Communications Standardization Association.

Alf Zugenmaier is Professor for Mobile Networks and Security at Munich University of Applied Sciences. He represents NTT DOCOMO at the 3GPP security and privacy working group (SA3), of which he was vice chair. He was also rapporteur of the 5G phase 1 security specification of 3GPP. Prior to taking up academia, he held positions at DOCOMO EuroLabs in Munich, Germany, and at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. His interests are in systems and network security and privacy.