An expert report from the European Union warns of the security risks posed by the arrival of 5G

An expert report from the European Union warns of the security risks posed by the arrival of 5G

We are still in the early stages of the expansion of 5G, the fifth generation of the main mobile communications technology that we know of and that plans to change the way we interact with technology. And as with every change of this caliber, all eyes are on safety, especially because they are such a profound change in a strategic sector like the one related to mobile telephony.

Some time ago, experts had already warned that the arrival of 5G would imply the emergence of cyber threats that we had not known until now, "never seen before", and now it has been the European Cybersecurity Agency itself, ENISA, responsible for publish your own report warning of the risks involved in the new 5G. Threats, vulnerabilities and strategic risks of 5G in a 33-page report.

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This report is published by ENISA experts that with 5G both users and companies will be more exposed to attacks by external agents, as there will be more entry points and they will be more difficult to detect. The software dependency of 5G equipment will, ENISA says, exist more risk to the back doors created by potential attackers.

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It also states that the 5G architecture itself makes some components of the network more vulnerable than others, and that the greater dependence we will have on mobile operators will be detrimental to us. From the report, no specific provider or country is named, but it is noted that the most serious attackers are in countries outside the European Union, and in organizations backed by these states.

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There is space in the report to highlight that the risk is much greater in countries whose infrastructure depends on a single supplier, since a single attack or weakness could lead to a national security problem and, therefore, put other Union countries at risk. So, States of the Union are advised to take the necessary security measures to address these risks that may occur due to the implementation of 5G as a standard communications system.

Although no names have been put on the table, since Huawei they have been quick to publish a statement mentioning said ENISA report and considering it as "an important step towards developing a common approach to cybersecurity and secure 5G networks"Huawei tells us that its constant collaboration with the member countries of the European Union is"a unique opportunity for Europe to maintain its technological leadership […] We hope this work continues to be guided by the same fact-based approach".