5G won't succeed without innovation in security, experts claim

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5G is an extremely potent and promising technology, but if security doesn't keep up, nobody will be reaping any benefits from it. And to make sure security does keep up – some serious rethinking and innovation is required.

This is the conclusion of a new technical report, issued by the 5G national innovation network. It was created as part of the UK’s 5G Testbed and Trials programme– a government initiative to make sure the UK runs first in the 5G race.

Three out of six testbeds contributed to the report: AutoAir (testing 5G in transport), RuralFirst (testing 5G in rural communities) and Worcestershire 5G Testbed (testing industrial 5G use); as well as the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre.

So what exactly are the conclusions of the report? We need a new way to predict and pre-validate 5G network connections, leveraging mobile AI based autonomous network. It was said that the networks also need to be able to recognise the devices, and confirm that they are secure – fast – without compromising on user experience or performance.

The report also suggests a cross-layered process, allowing end-to-end security for critical services; an organisation to monitor good security-by-design practice, as well as more testing of standards and security capabilities.

“We are expecting the first 5G enabled services to come to market next year and we are already doing significant work across the UK test beds – the benefits of being prepared for what 5G offers are clear for all to see,” commented Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Founding Director of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.

You can find the full report with all of its conclusions on this link.   

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