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How Big Data Analytics Improves Wireless Network Operations and Security

How Big Data Analytics Improves Wireless Network Operations and Security

Baoling Sheen &  Zhibi Wang (Huawei)


Traditionally wireless telecommunication network is planned, monitored and managed by engineering experts and network operational needs are analyzed and conducted according to engineering rules accumulated from experience across multiple networks and markets. Such practice is labor intensive, time consuming, and error-prone as traffic model and network behavior may vary across different networks or even across different Network Elements in same network. The quality of the operation is also highly dependent on the SME’s experience.

Security Intelligence Analytics collects, aggregates, and correlates the data from telecommunication networks, network elements, and user behavior in real time in order to detect and predict the real threats. Traditional perimeter based defenses such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and antivirus are not able to detect threats, such as zero-day attacks, Advanced Persistent Threat, and insider attacks. Security Intelligence Analytics offers a more flexible and dynamic approach to security with an actionable results beyond rules and heuristics based solutions. 

The presentation material covers machine learning based network performance anomaly event detection as well as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and Zero-Day attack detection that cannot be detected by the traditional security appliances such as firewall  or intrusion detection system (IDS). Both are the topics that Huawei North America Wireless R&D team has been working on.

Baoling Sheen is currently a Sr. Solution Design Architect at FutureWei Technologies. She works in Wireless Data Analytics Research Lab, focusing on Predictive Data Analytics and Statistical Data Modeling. Before that, she worked in Lucent Technologies and University HealthSystem Consortium. Zhibi Wang is currently a Sr Staff Engineer at FutureWei Technologies. He works in Wireless Access Lab, focusing on wireless security. Before that, he worked in Lucent Technologies and Argonne National Lab.