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ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, has released a new document, ‘Threat Landscape for 5G Networks’, which assesses the threats related to the fifth generation of mobile telecommunications networks.

The ENISA document includes:

  • A detailed architecture outlining the most important 5G infrastructure components. These include the security architecture, slice architecture, edge computing architecture, software defined networks architecture, physical architecture, and others.
  • Detailed threat assessments for the 5G infrastructure components.

5G infrastructures possess a high degree of complexity due to the multiple features introduced by the technology. While 5G pilots are ongoing, standardisation work is also advancing as do vendor development activities towards migrations to 5G. In this still very dynamic environment, threat and risk assessments will need to be performed in an iterative manner to cover upcoming developments.

ENISA’s Executive Director, Juhan Lepassaar, commented: “The arrival of 5G networks brings numerous security challenges just as the technology from 1G to 4G did previously. This report will support stakeholders to carry out more detailed threat analyses and risk assessments focussed on particular elements of the 5G infrastructure to help understand their threat exposure.”

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