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5G Is Exciting, But What About Its Security

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The unveil of 5G network presents a much faster internet in terms of connectivity and a download speed which is tenfold than other networks. The faster connection speeds are anticipated to ensure increased security and privacy protection to its users. Technocrats say that there can be few major security perks that come along other improvements that the wireless network offers.

Tracking and spoofing attackers are going to hit hard on a 5G network. 5G encrypts more data in an environment which has much more software and cloud based systems connected, allowing exceptional monitoring to identify potential threats.

Operations around network slicing that segments the system across various virtual networks diffuse different tailored protections for various devices. This helps in rolling-out a space that can be managed and customized separately for essential improvements. Though encrypting and network slicing are setting out a hope to keep the bad actors at bay on a network, experts are concerned as they claim that there are other ways users can be tracked.

Security can be patchy for some IoT devices in the low-cost and minimum powered equipments. The fact that is still apparent is that hackers can use advanced technological tools to scan through systems and spot the vulnerable ones with weak passwords and security shields. One of the prime examples will be the 2016 cyber attack, Mirai botnet, which brought down websites of Twitter, New York Times, and Spotify. The two common types of cyber attacks are botnet and DDoS. While hackers break into a 5G connected device, the possibility of extracting data and spreading a threat could be much faster than ever before. Since most of the IoTs are directly connected to mobile device, attackers do not have to get around the convoluted residential or corporate networks.

Trade bodies like GSMA can groom the standards centred on 5G network to make it as secure and threat-free as possible. This could further pave way for mobile operators to leverage on their 5G access points for users and deploy it in practice. Unintentional mistakes while setting up the technology could mean that the exposure to new and unforeseen risks is wide open. It would be customers who become scapegoat for a minor mishap, since they are devoid of knowing whether networks adhere to standards and regulations or not.

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