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July 11, 2019: Invited Speaker Seminar: Mobile Applications Security

Dr. François Cosquer
CTO, Nokia

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Room EV003.309


In the past few years the number and type of mobile applications on iOS and Android have risen to several million. Initially targeted at end users, their functionality ranges from simply informative to social media and gaming. Mobile Apps expanded to business functions targeted at employees and productivity gains. Given the strong technology shift to software and the increasing use of web technologies, it is no surprise that Mobile Apps have also entered the Telecom sector. Although security is considered paramount for the reputation of App stores and the Mobile App companies, the sensitive nature of carrier networks requires a stringent approach to security. After a presentation of the different types of Mobile applications, we will review security best practices as well as requirements specific to such sensitive environments. Finally, we will explore more innovative solutions/approaches which provide additional security for critical operations.


Dr. François Cosquer is currently CTO Security for Nokia Software with particular focus on NFV Security. In close collaboration with elite customers, his responsibilities cover defining guidelines and best practices for end to end solutions including supporting security R&D lifecycle from security requirements to security testing and validation. He also supports audits, incidents response and root cause analysis activities. In collaboration with Bell Labs research he develops technical direction, provides design and architecture expertise to end to end solutions. François graduated in Electronics and Computing and holds an MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Engineering. He currently serves as Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal. For his stewardship of the cybersecurity community he was nominated IEEE WTS Fellow and recent recipient of the IEEE CQR Chairman Award.


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