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ETIS Members create Security Road-map in Hamburg

Tuesday 2 February 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fred Werner


The first ETIS Information Security Working Group meeting of the year was recently held in Hamburg on January 28-29, kindly hosted by Oracle. The meeting was well attended by 35 participants representing the following companies: BICS, Detecon, Deutsche Telecom, E-Plus, ENISA, Ericsson, Google, KPN, Oracle, Oger Telecom, Proximus, Swisscom, TDC, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor, TNO, Turk Telecom, Turkcell and Vodafone.


The objective of this meeting was to share knowledge and best practices in terms of the current challenges that impact the Information Security environment. During the first day, the group focused on Telco Security Governance Strategies, Supply Chain Security, Software Security, updates on the European Telecom Sector and the role of Quantum Encryption on Privacy and Mass Surveillance.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the “Telco Security Road Map” group work session. This session was led by TNO and the goal was to identify upcoming security developments that are relevant for Telcos and qualify them in terms of criticality and place them on a time horizon. The outcome was documented and will be used as a yearly exercise to identify and prioritize the strategic Security topics to be covered by the group in the future. Some of the more critical elements identified for the next three years included cloud, 5G, Internet of Things, SDN/NFV, encryption, nearshoring, cyber-warfare, new regulations and data privacy.


The second day featured a session on Cloud, Mobility and Big Data Security where our members shared best practices on cloud security architecture and policies. The group also noted that the Telco industry is under-represented in standardisation bodies and they will explore how to create a stronger voice vis-a-vis security standardisation work in key areas such as 5G and IoT. Last but not least, the group was informed on the latest progress regarding the annual Information Security Benchmark and the Threat Intelligence Sharing Pilot Project.


Alexander Rockel, Architect and Security Lead, CSSLP for Oracle had the following to say about hosting the meeting: “We were very pleased to be allowed to host the first ETIS Information Security workgroup meeting this year. For us in the Oracle Communications Security Group, these meetings provide a unique and rare opportunity to exchange views with customers and industry peers in an informal setting, outside any sales situation, security incident investigation or competitive pressure.  We already learned a lot from ETIS – from technical and regulatory requirements to ‘tricks of the trade’ – and we hope to be able to continue to do so and will contribute as well.  Last but not least, it is really enjoyable to meet and socialize with so many smart and friendly people.“


The next meeting of the Information Security Working Group meeting will take place on 16-17 June 2016 in London, hosted by BT.

For more information on the ISWG, please visit the ISWG Page.