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Security of 5G networks: an overview of this issue, the problems that come with it and potential countermeasures

5G networks will enable critical services and will have much wider boundaries than current ones because they will connect billions of private, public and corporate IoT devices—their security is vital for nations and economic systems.

Security of 5G networks: an overview of this issue, the problems that come with it and potential countermeasures

5G will be a revolution: the new Internet, which will bring the value of mobile business from $3.9 trillion in 2018 to $4.8 trillion by 2023.

Designed for a multitude of different applications, 5G must embody a series of widely-differing characteristics, including high capacity, low latency, extremely high reliability, energy efficiency, and all combinations of the above. This requires 5G networks to be more virtualized than current (software defined) networks and, therefore, harder to defend from attacks.

5G will enable a multitude of services that will transform the economy and life in societies, from intelligent manufacturing to remote surgical operations, traffic management and security in megacities, and it will enable levels of collaboration and inclusion unthinkable until now.

For this potential technological revolution to actually be realized, 5G networks must be “intrinsically secure” and this requires countries to have a holistic approach that takes on the technical, policy and geopolitical aspects of the question into account.

 

Position Paper

 

The study was prepared in collaboration with Francesco Sacco – Professor of Digital Economy at Università dell’InsubriaSDA Bocconi and partner S3K.


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