The Impact Of 5G: How Will It Affect The IT Security Of Your Business?

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As 5G is rolled out across the UK, more and more businesses are getting connected to the next-generation network. Faster, more reliable, and more versatile than its predecessor, 5G is going to change the way that businesses and individuals operate online.

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If you’re thinking about moving to 5G, one of the most important things to consider is computer security. Though 5G offers a number of cyber security benefits, it has its issues too. Understanding these 5G security challenges and solutions is essential if you’re going to protect your business and make the most of your new network. Here, we take an in-depth look at what 5G means for business.

Improved Cyber Security

Joining the 5G network will help to improve some aspects of your business’s cyber security. For example, 5G offers enhanced threat detection, cyber audits, and improved encryption. These measures can go a long way to blocking cyber attackers and protecting your data. However, it will still be necessary to use other protections like firewalls and anti-virus software if you want to give your business the best possible defences.

5G Vulnerabilities

Although upgrading to 5G can help prevent cyber attacks, the network has a number of vulnerabilities you also need to be aware of. These include:

The Internet of Things

The internet of things, or IoT, is a huge network made up of internet-enabled devices. Things like smart kitchen appliances, internet-enabled cars, smart doorbells, and voice-controlled personal assistants such as Amazon Alexa.

The more devices that are connected to a network, the more potential entry points there are for hackers. For example, attackers can target connected physical devices like sensors and cameras, take them over, and use them for denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. If your business has a lot of internet-enabled devices connected to 5G, you could be vulnerable to attack.

Location Tracking

The 5G network requires far more antennae and base stations than its 4G predecessor. This makes it a lot easier for hackers to pinpoint your location, something that could be a significant cyber security risk.

Higher Data Transfer Speeds

As well as being one of the 5G network’s biggest selling points, higher data transfer speeds are one of its main security risks. Service providers and network operators can collect huge amounts of data in a very short space of time, something that raises serious concerns about privacy, data protection and profiling.

Software Vulnerabilities

5G networks are currently more reliant on software in comparison to older networks. Any vulnerabilities in the software could have a knock-on effect on your business and its exposure to cyber crime.

How To Protect Your Business On 5G Networks

There are a number of steps you can take to counter 5G network cyber security issues and protect your business. These include regular risk assessments, built-in security of IoT devices, a stand-alone 5G cellular network, improved security and data transfer. Installing software that allows for real-time threat detection, and using AI and machine learning, can also strengthen your defences.

One of the most important steps you can take is to introduce training on cyber security. This training can help team members spot potentially malicious emails and websites, and help to prevent malware entering your network.

With more and more regions joining 5G networks every month, it’s important to act now to protect your business and prepare your systems. Get in touch to find out more and to speak to one of the expert members of our team.

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