As the world prepares for the first commercial debut of 5G networks, many people are curious about the security threats and risks that the new standard will face. 5G networks will support a massive number of connected devices, enable a huge increase of bandwidth, and create a next-generation threat landscape that will inevitably introduce 5G security challenges.
In 2016, Forbes collected annual security survey reports from the biggest players in cyber, and the results are sobering. On top of the rising risks they found, what new security threats and risks will 5G networks bring to the world? The future of communications will drive new 5G security requirements, due to the concerns for new use cases and new network architectures.
5G Security and New Use Cases
The coming 5G networks promise to explode vertical industries, enabling the creation of a wide array of new services—all of which will demand new, varying levels of security. For example, the threat of automotive cyberattacks will rise as autonomous vehicles become more widespread. Advances that 5G will bring to the health industry are mitigated by the necessity to have ever-stronger security in place—creating risks that include medical identity theft, invasion of health privacy, and medical data management. Smart homes will require stronger methods of authentication, such as biometric identification. In general, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors will demand more complex authentication to prevent unauthorized access.