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5G networks are becoming the backbone of many critical IT applications.

That’s why the integrity and availability of 5G has become a major national security concern. To put it quite simply: The nature of 5G architecture opens it to many more cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

For example, greatly increased number of devices and an elevated use of virtualization and the cloud will likely mean more 5G security threats and a broader, multifaceted attack surface. Cybersecurity professionals are keenly aware that to realize a strong and healthy communications future, the industry needs to maintain a laser focus on 5G security.

Many believe there are a few main 5G protections to focus on, such as making threat intelligence paramount. To understand the malicious efforts of hackers, providers must look for vendors that profile hackers. This means trying to get  intelligence from the widest range of sources possible.

Also, detecting anomalies is a key. It’s recommended that organizations boost 5G security by using packet capture, big data and machine learning to identify threats not spotted by basic filters. When embedded into network switches and routers, it’s far more effective, as it turns those devices into 5G security sensors.

Preventing threats in general should also be an objective for improving 5G security. Organizations should minimize the basic issues that account for most security incidents by using firewalls to protect their network, and access controls to minimize user-based risk. Consider intrusion detection and prevention tools for blocking basic 5G security threats.

Incorporating DNS intelligence such as monitoring DNS activity and protecting against anything malicious is also useful.

Additionally, all organizations need to stop and fix advanced malware before standalone (SA) 5G arrives over the next few months. This involves going beyond signature-based tools to spot the attacks designed to evade basic filters. Behavior-based checks on endpoints are important. Once you detect a threat, organizations should remove all instances of it on the network.

Security advocates are also calling for an open and secure 5G network that enables network resources to be securely exposed to third parties – so mobile operators can maximize 5G adoption and monetization of 5G network resources.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers 5G Security Training | 5G Wireless Security Training, a 4-day course that covers many topics ranging from 5G fundamentals to development of security policies and technologies to protect 5G wireless networks from hacking, cyberattacks and financial fraud.

Also, Tonex offers 20 more cutting edge 5G Wireless courses with titles like:

5G NR Training (2 days)

5G for Sales and Tech Sales/Support Training (2 days)

5G Wireless Training for Non Engineers (2 days)

5G Wi-Fi Offload Training (2 days)

5G and mmWave Antenna Engineering Training (3 days)

LTE Advanced Pro Training  (3 days)

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