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Lifetime Award goes to Security Specialist

Jul 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

The 3GPP lifetime achievement award has gone to Günther Horn in recognition of his contribution to the work of the SA3 - Security Group, as forty-two SA3 colleagues submit a joint submission for this popular award nomination. 

guenter horn 2018The award was presented on July 12, 2018, in Nokia's Munich office - Günther’s last place of employment before retirement - by his former manager Ulrich Dropmann, Head of Standardization in Nokia Bell Labs.

Anand R. Prasad, the SA3 Chairman said: "This award should be seen as recognition of your outstanding contribution to 3GPP and the SA3 working group."

The nomination, which was considered and approved at the 40th Meeting of the 3GPP Project Coordination Group in March, detailed Günther Horn's commitment and continuous attendance over nineteen years and his leadership and advocacy in all security work covered in SA3, particularly leading UMTS, IMS, LTE and 5G security standardization. 

Details of the 3GPP Awards process and a roll of honour can be seen on-line at 

Further reading

Here is an extract from the nomination, to further spotlight the work of Günther Horn in SA3:

Günther Horn provided leadership and advocacy in all security work and study items covered in SA3, particularly leading UMTS, IMS, LTE and 5G security standardization.

Providing guidance to the working group regarding:

  • Security
  • Standardization processes
  • System impacts
  • Industry direction
  • Trade-off between security and performance
  • Logical working methods

At every stage, 3GPP SA3 produces one main security specification. Guenther has played a key role in each of them starting from UMTS security to SAE/LTE security and also in 5G security. He has also provided major input to security assurance specifications (SCAS, SECAM), IMS security, and WLAN interworking security among others.

Some major examples of 3GPP specifications worked on:

  • TS 33.102 - 3G Security; Security architecture
  • TS 33.328 - IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) media plane security
  • TS 33.401 - 3GPP System Architecture Evolution (SAE); Security architecture
  • TS 33.402 - 3GPP System Architecture Evolution (SAE); Security aspects of non-3GPP accesses
  • TS 33.501 - Security architecture and procedures for 5G System
Contact for this article: Kevin FLYNN, Marketing and Communications Officer, 3GPP

Note: July 25, 2018: Article updated to add background and to correct the number of delegate co-signees of the nomination to 42 delegates, not 18 as previously written (KF)