CypherCon 2024

Demystifying Cellular Security and Cryptography

Mike Armel

Abstract:

Wi-Fi security and cryptography have dominated cybersecurity discussions to the point of saturation. It’s widely accepted that cellular technology has always been shrouded in mystery, expensive, time-consuming, and seemingly Rube Goldbergian in complexity. This talk aims to demystify cellular security and cryptography by exploring the system-of-systems components, from SIM cards to the core network, and tracing the evolution of security through the generations of cellular technology. Throughout this talk we will focus on what is familiar and touch on what is different, all from powering on a device to ping duckduckgo.com.

Mike Armel

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Mike Armel is a cybersecurity and hardware engineer, as well as a founder of Night Owl Technologies. Throughout his 20-year career, he has held numerous positions in cybersecurity, always reserving a special place for things that communicate, embedded and IoT. When it comes to Linux, he prefers systems that fit into the palm of your hand, versus rack in the data center. Currently, Mike is pursuing a doctorate in artificial intelligence and machine learning. In his non-existent free time, he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is a technical scuba diver and a certified pyrotechnician. Additionally, Mike is a supporter of Soi Dog, a nonprofit organization for the welfare of stray dogs and cats in Southeast Asia.