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Peraton’s Mark Adams Intros 5G Panel Discussion at HSDF Border Security Symposium

Mark Adams Senior Director Peraton
Mark Adams, Senior Director, Peraton

The Homeland Security & Defense Forum’s virtual Border Security Symposium held in December featured a panel discussion on the role of 5G in border security.

Mark Adams, senior director of advanced mission capabilities at Peraton, introduced the panel discussion, citing the application of internet of things connectivity in homeland security.

“For example, using an integrated networks of [artificial intelligence] security cameras and other sensors agents could monitor a huge swath of the country, essentially creating an entire coast to coast intelligent border security system.”

Raul Ortiz, deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, noted how 5G could help his agency prioritize areas with the highest threats.

Daniel Kroese, deputy assistant director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency’s National Risk Management Center, said a whole-of-government approach is needed to leverage the opportunities that 5G offers. 

“We have to mature the use cases so that when 5G is implemented on the border with thermal imaging and autonomous vehicles, we understand the unique characteristics and aspects of those 5G deployments in terms of the spectrum, low latency considerations, and can make sure the promise of 5G is realized,” Kroese said.

Travis Russell, director of cybersecurity at Oracle Communications, talked about vulnerabilities associated with the use of 5G.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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