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Securing the 5G world

Wednesday, February 26, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Satish Dhanasekaran  |  February 25, 2020  |  C4ISRNET

 

5G is set to revolutionize the mobile communications industry — offering high data rates, low-latency and ubiquitous connectivity with levels of reliability not previously seen. This will enable new services and use cases that go far beyond communication between individuals. The rapid progression of 5G deployments has huge potential for connecting economies at scale, while simultaneously exposing potential vulnerabilities that must be addressed.

Shift to software-centric, virtualized networks changing the communications landscape

To deliver higher performance and lower cost, 5G networks are leveraging technologies that are software-centric and virtualized, moving from custom hardware to software components running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. This increase in software content across 5G deployments continues to fuel an exciting faster development pace. But with this comes some challenges since these 5G technology innovations are also expanding the attack surface of the system. While 5G core network functions are making use of a new and different software architecture, common technologies like HTTP and REST APIs that are well known are replacing proprietary interfaces of the past. All of these things increase the potential for cybersecurity attacks and vulnerabilities. READ MORE...


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