The beginning of 5G and the security concerns that come with it

January 10, 2019 2 min read

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If you're paying attention to tech news and whats to come in the coming year than you have undoubtedly heard about 5G on the horizon. Promising faster speeds at a rate of 10 to 100 times the current 4G ones and better connectivity over all.

Many of the top service providers have begun to implement marketing around 5G and their plans to roll it out in the coming year, with AT&T and Verizon beginning to market their supposed 5G service at the end of this past year. However, these two providers have actually only increased their existing 4G service and therefore made it faster. Currently, T-Mobile and Sprint are teasing a merger to meet the new needs of a 5G provider that promises to be the "first and best Nationwide 5G," increased infrastructure and jobs, as well as lower prices. While this sounds great, the companies seem far more interested in selling the new jobs factor instead of the new capabilities of a 5G network.

Sounds Great Right?

It will be, but only if properly implemented. Currently, providers are rushing to market and attempting to use protocols from 4G and even some from 3G networks, allowing for quite a few gaps. Therefore, any of the security pitfalls of the past few generations will currently exist in the new 5G network, as well as any unforeseen ones that will not be able to be addressed unless properly tested or rolled out.

The 5G network will allow billions of more devices to be connected at the same time, thus a small vulnerability could possibly impact millions of people or more.

If these issues are addressed in the next year, then the possibilities for this new network are quite extensive.

For now, I'd stay weary of any 5G marketing tactics until we can learn more.

 

 

Brandon Lasko
Brandon Lasko


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