What is 5G? And How Is It a Cybersecurity Threat?

What is 5G?

5G stands for “5th Generation” of mobile networks, as in there was a 1G, then a 2G, 3G (we all remember this one), and then 4G (this one is also another favorite). This latest updated version of mobile networks will genuinely change the world, connecting anyone to anywhere, whether machines, different objects, or other electronic devices. It’s all possible with 5G.

A New Wireless Experience

Experts define this change as “5G wireless technology to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.”

How Is It a Cybersecurity Threat?

As more and more 5G towers keep appearing in cities across the globe, our wireless devices will see a new level of speed and security. There can be bumps along the way when it comes to growth moments. Initially, it was assumed that 5G and 4G could work together in harmony, but the reality is the 4G users aren’t able to keep up.

More Points of Entry for Hackers

As excellent as 5G is, there are some drawbacks. One of the biggest potential threats is that 5G networks give hackers more options for entry. A network that connects more devices and industries has more connections making it easier to breach. Imagine a bicycle wheel with many spokes; a 5G network is like a central hub with these minor pathways, making cybersecurity futile.

Internet of Things (IoT) Has Zero Security Standards

The dictionary defines the Internet of Things or IoT as “the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.”

A More Complex Network means More Problems.

What 4G network systems did to lower the risk of cybersecurity threats was it would use a “partition method.” With 4G, it used a “divide and conquer” motto. If there was a threat, it was quarantined or isolated, helping to limit the attack.



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