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Cyber Security awareness month- 5G risks for security https://quickclicksecurity.com/news/Cyber+Security+awareness+month-+5G+risks+for+security+/ODlfbmV3cw https://quickclicksecurity.com/news-images/1200/1602850601-85636.jpg The start of this year saw many conspiracy theorists coming up with ideas linked to Coronavirus being linked to 5G and impacting the health of many. Others have claimed that 5G is something introduced to trace our every move. Theories aside, 5G is se
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Cyber Security awareness month- 5G risks for security

October 16, 2020

The start of this year saw many conspiracy theorists coming up with ideas linked to Coronavirus being linked to 5G and impacting the health of many. Others have claimed that 5G is something introduced to trace our every move. Theories aside, 5G is set to become widely used within the next few years. With mobile phones such as Huawei releasing models already installed with 5G, does this pose risks within cyber security?

Changes expected

5G connection is set to be a faster speed and to connect multiple devices at the same time. As companies move towards online settings and using technology to navigate tasks, 5G is set to help them maintain big virtual networks between people, machines and even vehicles. Some have even emphasised how 5G may lead to the creation of ‘smart cities’, which could mean traffic signals, street lamps and energy grids are all controlled and operated by a 5G system. As we become interconnected with devices and vehicles under 5G, there will be various cyber security risks we need to consider.

5G and security

Last year, the BPI Network conducted research on 5G, from the study “94% of telecom operators and industry experts [expect security challenges] once 5G is launched.” (BPI, 2019). 5G connecting devices together all at once poses the risk of hackers being able to access control centres and interfere with device functions. As more devices and industries become compatible with 5G connection, it will mean that there is a possibility for unauthorised access to occur with personal data. This can lead to risk of crypto-jacking, identity theft and ransomware and a potential increase of victims of cybercrime overall. Not only will see a security threat within the public realm, but we may see risks taking place in our personal space and at home. Once appliances, security devices and gadgets at home are connected to one system, hackers can tamper with this which could lead to burglaries and theft.

Governments and 5G security

The cost of cyber security measures will be expensive. With talk of smart cities, the question must be asked, how will this new mass of floating data be secured?  Who will be securing it and how will we maintain any level of personal privacy as we tip toe towards a fully digitized society?

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