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Office of University Programs Presents Telecommunications Infrastructure Webinar

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs (OUP) invite you to a webinar panel on telecommunications infrastructure.

Office of University Programs (OUP). You're Invited. Telecommunications infrastructure is critical to national security, public health and safety, and the operation of national systems. This connectivity and reliance on telecommunication infrastructure include controls at electricity generation plants; chemical sensors at water treatment plants and wastewater systems; signals for transportation systems, including road, rail, vessel, and air systems; and financial systems controlling and tracking banking funds and services. Telecommunications connect the nation’s first responders to every individual, business and organization by supporting the national 911 system both legacy and next generation. Telecommunications is woven into the fabric of our national critical functions and its security is extremely crucial.

As critical infrastructure become increasingly connected and interdependencies between infrastructure systems connect, owners, operators, and municipalities will face new and unknown vulnerabilities. Telecom is widely used to communicate and store large amounts of sensitive data. At the same time, the telecommunications infrastructure in the U.S. is rapidly undergoing new developments, including the transition to 5G for the cellular network, introducing new physical assets and operational procedures to the provision of telecommunications services across the country. The new technologies are also continuing to operate in tandem with older systems, assets, and protocols. In this environment, it is critical to be able to comprehensively identify, analyze, manage, and mitigate risk in telecommunications.

Join CIRI, in coordination with its research collaborators to hear from experts in the field and learn more about the challenges the telecommunications infrastructure faces.


  • Joseph Raetano: Director, Artificial Intelligence


  • Walt Magnussen: Director, Texas A&M University Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC)
  • Karthik Balasubramanian: President, Karthik Consulting
  • Glen Salo: Founder and CEO, Heartland Science & Technology Group
  • Junaid Farooq: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Quanyan Zhu: Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University


Thursday, January 27, 2021
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST


Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 141-166-501

Last Updated: 02/08/2021
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