The 5G Network and Cybersecurity

With 5G we mean that new generation technology for mobile communication. As with previous networks, 5G is also used for the connection not only of our Smartphones, but also for that of numerous objects (Internet of Things) such as cars, appliances, Smartwatches, and much more.

The main characteristic of this network is the possibility of being able to connect multiple devices at the same time while still guaranteeing optimal response times and connection speeds.

5G Technology and cybersecurity: some risks

Among the advantages connected to 5G technology is the possibility of being able to connect multiple devices at the same time. But connecting multiple devices can easily turn into a breeding ground for cybercriminal attacks. 5G could therefore represent a high threat if we consider that, of the very many devices that will connect to the new network, only a small part will adopt or have the minimum security features necessary to counter potential cyber-attacks.

Among other sources of risk, is the high speed of data transmission. In fact, the new 5G technology is characterized by a higher bandwidth. This means a greater flow of data into and out of a network. Also in this case, situations could arise in favor of cybercriminals ready to commit crimes such as attempting unwanted access and data theft.

Its protection from potential cyber threats can take place on several levels.

5G will be at the center of a new industrial revolution that will lead to the birth of services that will change the way people live, produce, work and move. This is why it is essential and urgent to strengthen existing safety standards in this area.

The new architecture of the 5G network has undeniable advantages but introduces new types of security threats as it creates an increased attack surface. This impacts the national security perimeter.

All companies must therefore consider cybersecurity as an integral part of their digital transformation strategies. Not only are cyber-attacks dangerous as they expose confidential, often unreported data to theft, but they are costly in terms of time and resources to overcome attacks with permanent damage. By protecting their IT assets and data, organizations can focus on innovation and business while remaining operational.

Giving priority to IT security, especially with the evolution towards the smart factory, is a fundamental part of the digital transformation to have resilient business systems. Skills and investments are needed to avoid being caught unprepared and to be competitive.

The interconnection of smart logistics and smart mobility systems, as well as energy smart grids, are at the center of the new investment scenarios and the opportunities for the national economy are linked to the development of 5G technologies in mobile and the national fiber-optic infrastructure. . The entire digital transformation process depends on the telecommunications industry, which also enables changes in the organization of work and industrial processes as in the case of Industry 4.0.