M.5 Cellular and Mobile Technologies

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As more communications are conducted via mobile and cellular technologies, these technologies have become critical (and continue to become more critical) to cyber operations. It is important for those involved in cyber operations to understand how data is processed and transmitted using these ubiquitous devices.

Specific topics to be covered in this knowledge unit include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of smart phone technologies
  • Overview of embedded operating systems (e.g., iOS, Android)
  • Wireless technologies (mobile: GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, LTE; and Internet: 802.11b/g/n)
  • Infrastructure components (e.g., fiber optic network, evolved packet core, PLMN)
  • Mobile protocols (SS7, RR, MM, CC)
  • Mobile logical channel descriptions (BCCH, SDCCH, RACH, AGCH, etc.)
  • Mobile registration procedures
  • Mobile encryptions standards
  • Mobile identifiers (IMSI, IMEI, MSISDN, ESN, Global Title, E.164)
  • Mobile and Location-based Services

Outcome: Students will be able to describe user associations and routing in a cellular/mobile network, interaction of elements within the cellular/mobile core, and end-to-end delivery of a packet and/or signal and what happens with the hand-off at each step along the communications path. They will be able to explain differences in core architecture between different generations of cellular and mobile network technologies.