Although there's a lot of buzz around the benefits of 5G, it's also important to highlight vulnerabilities that come along with them
Protecting 5G users begins with protecting 5G networks. The shift to 5G will include a complete change in our current networks from classical hardware networks to virtual, software-defined networks.
As our digital world advances to the new 5G network, we will see it become connected in almost every way imaginable -- actors in all industries will begin to integrate and become reliant on each other. A vital component to ensuring the success of this shift will be to address how we secure the 5G network and the myriad of devices and applications that will come out of it. We can all agree that there is a lot of buzz around the tremendous benefits the new network will bring to its users, however, there needs to be equal confidence in anticipating the danger of new cyber threats coming from 5G as well.
Here are 5 ways in which the shift to 5G networks can (and will) spark new vulnerabilities:
While the new capabilities brought on by 5G networks are extremely promising, their significance will require us to shine a spotlight on how we plan to ensure those capabilities are not maliciously exploited. To build these new networks, devices and applications using a soft cybersecurity foundation puts the safety and privacy of users and the networks themselves at serious risk.
Following December’s cyberattack on network management company SolarWinds, a website called SolarLeaks is now selling the stolen data, which allegedly contains source code from Microsoft, Cisco, FireEye, and SolarWinds.
While 5G UWB will enable businesses to innovate new technologies, businesses must also think about innovating security and privacy.