If you have been using a cell phone for the past ten years, you probably know of 3G and 4G technologies or networks. At present, you are probably starting to hear about the promising 5G network and all its might. As the name suggests, 5G will be much faster than 4G, but will it help enhance internet security? Let’s find that out in this post.
The 5G Network
5G is the term that refers to a new 5th generation of mobile technologies that promise many benefits. Some of the benefits include:
- Lower latency levels and fewer network delays enabling vital industries to emerge and thrive
- Much higher internet speed thanks to its high-speed data transmission, supporting the virtual reality industry to go to the next level.
- More devices will be able to be connected on a network. It is estimated that the number of connected devices will go to millionaire scale per square kilometer.
According to many industry players, the 5G network has the potential of revolutionizing the virtual economy by supporting new applications that depend on ultrafast communication networks. Many of these emerging technologies, such as telemedicine, smart cities, driverless cars, and factory automation, stand to advance in the era of 5G networks.
However, these opportunities come with serious cybersecurity challenges. At present, Western nations are grappling with the risk posed by Chinese 5G infrastructure equipment sellers such as Huawei.
Launching 5G Network
As you might know by now, it is complicated to start a new generation of wireless communications technologies. Complex technical challenges must be solved with a lot of testing and RAD being executed. Keeping in mind that most 5G technologies will operate at millimeter wave, there will be a need for many small local cell sites as compared to others since the bandwidth degrade rapidly over distance.
This is why experts project the world is going to take almost a decade to fully migrate to the dispensation of the 5G era, where billions of users can use the new technology daily.
At present, smartphone manufacturing companies are racing to roll out 5G-compatible devices to feed the needs of the market.
How Will 5G Boost Cybersecurity
Upon its public roll-out, the 5G network will host several critical functions that include, military intelligence, driverless vehicles, intelligent telemedicine, and smart electric grids. As such, the 5G network is a crucial technology that promises to herald one of the most significant structural changes the world has ever seen.
At present, the 4G wireless network is the most advanced and secure network the world has ever seen, but the 5G network comes to improve the security standards further. Some of the advanced security features present in 5G networks include the home network control, device-specific updates, IMSI encryption, and increased network virtualization.
Every smartphone owner has a SIM card that contains a unique user identifier known as an International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI). Comprising the country code, wireless provider code, and the phone number, the IMSI is essential in authenticating user device as it travels on the wireless network. The 5G technology will improve security by using a key embedded in the SIM card to safeguard the IMSI before it is sent to the wireless network.
Home Network Control
With 5G, wireless providers will incorporate technology that allows users to roam from one cell site to another to authenticate their device and extend their network’s security functions to other systems they access. This attribute is known as home network control.
At present, 5G wireless providers are updating the systems involved in sending security updates and patches on a network to meet the security demands of smart devices.
Increased Network Virtualization
5G wireless providers are ensuring the 5G network will be able to take advantage of the power of cloud technology like never before.
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