Securing 5G for Your Business

Like it or not, 5G is here. Soon its potential threats and benefits will affect your business. You can expect to enjoy robust services and high speeds with 5G. Sadly, 5G may also complicate your online security.

One reason 5G jeopardizes your business is the many new pathways hackers have to exploit your digital resources. An expected explosion of vulnerable IoT-connected devices and sensors only illustrates some coming headaches.

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Securing 5G for your business

5G gives cybercriminals new tools and opportunities to exploit. For this reason, most malicious actors have a better understanding of 5G than most ordinary people, including business owners.

Besides interconnected office devices, 5G also enables connected and autonomous automobiles. The technology also has significant implications for sensitive environments such as healthcare. 5G is vital to the operation of “smart” cities.

Besides the edges and endpoints, 5G uses virtualized networks that bring new security requirements to the table.

5G benefits

We hope that 5G will allow businesses to use less-expensive solutions while improving operational efficiency.

Virtualization and software defined networking will help businesses work faster and smarter. 5G allows firms to collect more data, process it, and apply its interpretations in real time.

5G threats

We have yet to understand fully the threats 5G poses to small businesses. The following list of discoveries should help you understand the severity of the problem. 5G can:

  • Increased number of endpoints.
  • Expanded network footprint.
  • Location disclosure.
  • Privacy issues.
  • Data exfiltration.
  • Allow remote access to your devices.
  • Denial of service attacks.
  • Botnet attacks.
  • Switching hijacks.
  • Back doors.
  • Core security.
  • 5G management and training.
  • Identity and authentication management.
  • Uncertainty.

Vital systems

Hackers may soon randomly shut off your water and electricity. They can also use robust 5G bandwidth to disable your delivery drones.

Also, the interdependency of multiple core services can paralyze your business if any one system, SMS, for example, should fail.

Legacy networks

For a long time, mobile devices must switch between 5G and legacy networks. Such transitions open new opportunities for system failures and device intrusion.

5G Vendors

Numerous 5G vendors create the potential for the creation of backdoors that unauthorized entities may use to obtain trade secrets and other

Huawei, one of the most well-publicized 5G providers, has known ties to the Chinese Communist Party. For this reason, America’s Trump Regime attempted to prevent that company from sensitive roles. Now, the Biden Regime seems intent on allowing China full access to U.S. networks.

In addition to harming your country, 5G vulnerabilities can hurt your business. Your competitors can exploit your 5G systems to gain access to your customers’ data and your intellectual property.

Standards

Governments and corporations have charged multiple organizations with developing standards for their respective portions of 5G implementation. If these groups fail to work well together, they could create operational problems for us all.

Moreover, some of the standards bodies may have nefarious intent, hoping to create winners and losers in the new network landscape.

Detection and remediation

Service providers and network operators need new tools to recognize and respond to new threat categories.

Respond

Small businesses traditionally have lax security standards for their data and devices. You must act now to recognize current and emerging threats, especially before adopting 5G in your company.