5G Security Vulnerabilities

5G Security

By Alex Thornhill

There’s a growing need for constantly connected computers and devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), and widespread smartphone use, which are what fuel this technology’s deployment. All of these demands have strained 4G LTE networks, creating the need for a network that’s more capable of handling our burgeoning connectivity requirements.

Therefore, operators across the globe are competing to roll out new 5G networks for their customers, while manufacturers are developing and producing 5G-ready devices to match. 

However, 5G is not without its drawbacks. 

All of its purported benefits aside, some have voiced their concerns about the network’s potential vulnerabilities. They say that the 5G network’s security is more evolved and efficient than that of the previous generations — but that doesn’t mean it’s impervious to criminal activity.

A recent Accenture study of over 2,600 businesses in a dozen industries across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific found that 62% of the surveyed companies feared that 5G would leave them vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

While there are a variety of security concerns that pertain to all 5G networks, this article specifically highlights only those that affect standalone 5G networks.

Originally published on isemag.com March 15, 2021