5G is the next generation of wireless networks. The recent shift to this network does not come without risks. Besides the countless benefits, 5G is vulnerable to many risks as well. While you enjoy the advantages of its connectivity, efficiency, and capacity, it is essential to recognize the threats that it can incur. The advanced network has innate vulnerabilities that can pose serious security risks.
Let’s look at how fifth-generation technology poses a threat to cyber security.
Increase in attack surface
The 5G’s dynamic system has more traffic routing points than the current hardware-based system. This allows hackers to access and exploit the system. Hackers can access the cellular reception of logged-in users easily. Attackers can target connected devices like cameras and sensors. The network is open to attacks because of the redundancy of security practices.
The older generations of mobile networks were not threatened by attackers as much as the new 5G technology is.
Non-existent Internet of Things (IoT) security standards
IoT security refers to the techniques, tools, and protection strategies used to make network-based devices secure. In today’s age, nearly every device is connected with the internet and can interact with the internet and other devices. The more the devices are connected, the more easily threat actor can intercept them.
IoT security has to take care of many entry points to ensure that the assets are protected.
Insecure Application programming interface
Application performance interface (API) is a connection between devices and programs. 5G requires APIs to facilitate communications between functions. Insecure APIs can expose the system to attack and threaten the entire 5G network.
With the expansion of the 5G network, enterprises, IoT and industries have installed this network for efficient functioning. However, even minor breaches can put the entire system at risk. Therefore, leveraging reliable components is the key to 5G cyber security.
5G network is subject to new avenues of attack due to some complex operations. The policymakers need to work with the private sector and implement effective 5G control measures. There is a need to focus on preventive security controls to prevent potential cyber-attacks
Effective protective and monitoring measures are required to ensure that the activities on 5G are secure. A secure system will benefit the service providers, but it will also help create consumer confidence.