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Prof. Ravishankar Borgaonkar, SINTEF AS & University of Stavanger, Norway, "Practical Cellular Network (3G/4G/5G) Security and Attacks", 7-11 October 2024

20 hours (5 credits)


Aula Riunioni del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Via G. Caruso 16, Pisa - Ground Floor

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Short Abstract:

The cellular networks such as 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G are already becoming a part of national critical communication infrastructure. In addition, the threat landscape of new network generations (for example, 5G) is changing rapidly, indicating a need of understanding the implication to national critical assets ( focusing on telecommunication networks) and prepare security strategy accordingly. In this regard, this advanced course module provides a brief overview of cellular networks including 5G and demonstrate practical risks associated in every generations to mobile endpoints.

Course Contents in brief:

Topic 1:

  • Abstract view of cellular network architecture
  • 2G/3G network security and weaknesses

Lab 1 - Get familiar with software and hardware tools to investigate mobile networks and their security configurations. We will be providing extensive knowledge on such low-cost security testing tools and their limitations. We will do a few exercises in understanding practical implications of 2G vulnerabilities.

Topic 2:

  • 4G network architecture and security
  • Authentication in 4G networks
  • Security attacks in 4G networks

Lab 2 – This lab will focus on 4G network related hardware and software tools for performing security analysis of live networks. The candidates will get an opportunity to play with commercial hardware tools which is used for network diagnostic purpose as well.

Topic 3:

  • Abstract view of 5G NSA and SA network
  • Authentication in 5G networks
  • 5G NSA and SA radio/core network issues (covers both vendors and standard specific issues)
  • Hardware and software tools for security investigations

Lab 3 – This lab will focus on 5G related tools for debugging and identification of network threats.


  1. 07/10/2024 – 9:30 – 13:30
  2. 08/10/2024 – 9:30 – 13:30
  3. 09/10/2024 – 9:30 – 13:30
  4. 10/10/2024 – 9:30 – 13:30
  5. 11/10/2024 – 9:30 – 13:30