Context-Aware Security for 6G Wireless: The Role of Physical Layer Security

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  • Arsenia Chorti - , French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (Author)
  • André Noll Barreto - , Barkhausen Institut (Author)
  • Stefan Köpsell - , Chair of Privacy and Data Security, Barkhausen Institut (Author)
  • Marco Zoli - , NYU Abu Dhabi, New York University (Author)
  • Marwa Chafii - , French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (Author)
  • Philippe Sehier - , Lucent (Author)
  • Gerhard Fettweis - , Faculty of Computer Sciences, Vodafone Chair of Mobile Communications Systems, Barkhausen Institut (Author)
  • H. Vincent Poor - , Princeton University (Author)


Sixth generation systems are expected to face new security challenges, while opening up new frontiers toward context awareness in the wireless edge. The workhorse behind this projected technological leap will be a whole new set of sensing capabilities predicted for 6G devices, in addition to edge and device embedded intelligence. The combination of these enhanced traits can give rise to a new breed of adaptive and context-aware security protocols, following the quality of security (QoSec) paradigm. In this framework, physical layer security solutions emerge as competitive candidates for low-complexity, low-delay, low-footprint, adaptive, flexible, and context-aware security schemes, leveraging the physical layer and introducing security controls across all layers for the first time.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Standards Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

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ORCID /0000-0002-0466-562X/work/142246133