5G has the potential to bring incredible innovations – from smart cities to advances in health care, manufacturing, and other important functions. While 5G is improves upon the existing cybersecurity vulnerabilities, it also brings new risks.
The basic network protocols lay the foundation for innovation, but they also create an extended attack surface for dynamic, software-based cyber threats. As a result, in order to deliver on the promise of 5G, firms need new standards in the security, testing, and training industries.
The 5G ecosystem for mobile operators, device manufacturers, vertical industries, standard bodies (such as 3GPP), and regulators must come together to review current security standards and provide updated recommendations before 5G scales. These new standards should be linked to steps that businesses can take to proactively combat 5G cyber threats and minimize risks.
Building cybersecurity in the software development lifecycle:
Security by design means incorporating security measures at each stage of the software development process – from requirements, design, and application to testing and implementation. This philosophy focuses on continuous prevention of breaches rather than reactively repairing them, and is important as the number of 5G enabled devices and networks proliferates.
Building security into software early and from the ground up not only reduces risk, but also creates efficient and reliable applications for discovering and addressing potential vulnerabilities. This ensures that security is the priority, helps identify potential design errors early, and lowers overall development costs. Ultimately these important steps reduce potential risks to organizations and help protect end users from breaches.
Taking a holistic approach to continuous testing
Security is never static. Attackers are always looking for new vulnerabilities to exploit and the only way to stay ahead of them is through continuous validation. While device penetration testing is crucial, they overlook two major factors: network infrastructure and networking blind spots. Additionally, the entry test is only valid for a limited time; results expire after changes made to device software, network configuration, or security policies.
5G security standards should include the implementation of breach and attack simulation, using automated tools that are regularly updated to detect the latest threats. Continuous testing goes beyond simple penetration tests and should include a full set of attack vectors, which helps identify risks across all core and network limitations. As vigorous attacks continue to evolve in the 5G environment, continuous testing strategy dynamically reduces risk.
Developing a comprehensive training for cybersecurity teams
Learning to manage high-stress network breach situation is important for security teams today. As part of the 5G security standards, security teams should be trained for security simulation training to be aware of the kind of attacks and practice response before it happens.
Cyber range environments offer realistic, simulated virtual attacks using the actual network equipment and systems used by the team on a daily basis. In these exercises, team members practice detecting and containing attack vectors, evasions, good traffic, and attack life cycles in a simulated environment. These exercises enable cybersecurity teams to learn key lessons that dramatically improve their ability to thrive under pressure in a real breach scenario.
In order to stay ahead of the evolving landscape of 5G vulnerabilities and threats, businesses need to implement new security, testing, and training standards across their organizations. With industry cooperation and collaboration, new security framework will proactively protect 5G users and deliver on the near limitless potential of 5G.
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