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IIoT 5G Trust Security

Trust and Convenience and the IIoT: A Potentially Deadly Combination

When microwave ovens first arrived on the market in 1967 they were met with public skepticism. Perhaps it was because, not long before, the same technology now promising to safely cook consumers’ evening meals was the backbone of a military radar. Perhaps it was the $495 price tag (more than $3,700 in today’s money). Whatever the reason, in the early 1970s the percentage of Americans owning a microwave was tiny. By 2011, it was 97%. What changed? Trust and convenience. When microwave...
5G Connectivity Security

5G: A Quantum Leap in Connectivity – and Cyber Threats

The timeline of human history is marked by inflection points of major technological advancement. The plow, the printing press, the telegraph, the steam engine, electricity, the telephone, the internet: each of these breakthroughs precipitated tectonic shifts in how people lived and worked. Now, in the early part of the 21st century, we stand witness to the birth of a new industrial revolution built on 5th generation cellular technology. As the name implies, 5G follows a developmental chain. First came 1G, the...
Canada Innovation Zones AI 5G

Innovation Zones in Canada for Launching AI and 5G in Tandem

In my previous post I argued that if Canada wants to succeed with its AI-focused innovation agenda, it should also be at the forefront of 5G development. Canada could get ahead in the global 5G race not by being the first to 5G, but by being the first to roll out 5G in the right way - addressing cybersecurity, linking development of AI and 5G, addressing regulatory and policy prerequisites, etc. Canada could leap ahead in development of both, 5G...
5G Health Concerns

Health, Wealth and Tin Foil Hats – the Debate Rages Around 5G Health Risks

It’s the night before Halloween in 1938 and, as the tale goes, radio audiences tuning into Orson Welles’ reading of War of the Worlds are driven to panic. Apparently listening to an ordinary radio broadcast, the public hear of an unfolding Martian invasion and a chaos of heat rays, poisonous gas and alien war machines. The news account is met with hysteria. Someone hearing this story for the first time may find it laughable that people could be so easily duped....
Canada 5G AI

Getting Smart About 5G Networks and AI in Canada

Canada has been investing in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for longer than most of the industrialized world. Dr. Geoff Hinton of Google helped ignite the field of graphics processing unit (GPU) deep learning at the University of Toronto. Then he became chief scientific advisor to the Vector Institute, which in collaboration with the University, aims to produce the largest number of deep learning AI graduates and innovators globally. Meanwhile, Montreal, Quebec prides itself as the birthplace of...
AI and 5G Double-edged Sword

AI at the 5G Core: A Double-Edged Sword

If you've ever been to an expensive restaurant and ordered a familiar dish like, say, lasagna, but received a plate with five different elements arranged in a way that does not at all resemble what you know as lasagna, then you have probably tasted deconstructionism. This approach to cuisine aims to challenge the way our brain makes associations, to break existing patterns of interpretation and, in so doing, to release unrealized potential. If the different elements work together harmoniously, it...
Risks of AI

Meeting the Ghost in the Machine – What are the Risks of AI?

In 1956, at a workshop on the campus of Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) was born. Attendants were buoyant. MIT cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky was quoted as saying, "Within a generation  the problem of creating 'artificial intelligence' will substantially be solved." This prediction turned out to be over zealous, but Minsky and his colleagues believed it wholeheartedly. What, then, is different today? What makes the current dialogue about AI more relevant and believable?...
AI and 5G

Digital Double Helix: Why the Fates of 5G and AI are Intertwined

In 2013, George F. Young and colleagues completed a fascinating study into the science behind starling murmurations. These breathtaking displays of thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of birds in a single flock swooping and diving around each other, look from a distance like a single organism organically shape-shifting before the viewer’s eyes. In their research article, Young et al reference the starling’s remarkable ability to “maintain cohesion as a group in highly uncertain environments and with limited, noisy...
5G Critical Infrastructure

5G as the Most Critical of Critical Infrastructures

Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we appear to be witnessing the emergence of a new one, a technology Cold War between the United States and China. This time, instead of a ‘red under the bed’, the US government has declared there is one at the back door. It accuses Chinese technology companies of deliberately building vulnerabilities into their tech, allowing the Chinese to access and control these devices...
5G Business

Telcos Should Take Risks to Jumpstart the 5G Ecosystem

5G connectivity burst onto the world stage at last year’s Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and gained pop culture visibility again at the April 2019 NCAA Final Four men’s college basketball games in Minneapolis. Why the rush to 5G though, when most of the world is still rolling out 4G mobile service or still waiting for it? Consumers don’t yet have 5G enabled phones anyway. And why should mobile phone manufacturers push new 5G phones out...
US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology Enters the Political Ring There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive industry, notwithstanding the race for intellectual property that can be licensed by burgeoning markets for revenue. A first-mover advantage is often a way to lock in relationships that can lead to long-term infrastructure commitments, integration support services, and service delivery platform development. As the adage goes, “Whoever owns the platform, owns the customer.” This race to be the...
5G Cell Tower

A Policy and Regulatory Checklist for 5G

Ultra high speed, high quality 5G networks are expected to provide the connectivity required for remote robotic surgery as well as instant movie downloads and 3D mobile gaming. The technology boasts incredible reliability and low latency. However, recent hype generated by mobile operators and false promises inevitably mean that unreasonable early expectations will go unmet. So far, China and Huawei have out-competed Americans in development and deployment of 5G technology. The Trump Administration is...

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Marin Ivezic

Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada specializing in risks of emerging technologies. He leads PwC’s global 5G cybersecurity efforts. He also leads cybersecurity for the Telecommunications, Media & Technology sector; and Industrial, IoT, Critical Infrastructure & Cyber-Kinetic security capabilities in the region. All these focus areas are being transformed with the emergence of 5G.
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Prague 5G Security Conference

Officials from 32 countries gather in Prague to discuss 5G security

Security officials from EU nations, Japan, the United States and Australia gathered in Prague on Thursday and Friday to discuss 5G...
Huawei bans

Bloomberg reports that Vodafone found backdoors in Huawei gear

For years U.S. and some of its allies are claiming that Huawei should not be trusted and that the Chinese company...
Huawei bans

US praises Germany’s security standards for 5G

The top US cybersecurity policy diplomat, Rob strayer, praised Germany’s strict security standards for 5G network providers on Wednesday. The requirements...
HuaweiChinaUS

WP: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G

Excellent article today from the Washington Post: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G technology Author brings together...
Germany 5G Security Standard

Germany’s successful and expensive 5G spectrum sale

Germany’s auction of 5G spectrums reached 5 billion euros yesterday, in excess of expert estimates. The high price will mean that whilst the German...
Swisscom 5G

Swisscom debuts Europe’s first commercial 5G service

Swisscom can claim to be the first European Telecom to have introduced commercial 5G. In co-operation with Qualcomm, Swisscom’s new 5G service will be...
Verizon 5G

Verizon beats Korea and the world in launching 5G

Verizon put out a lot of effort in becoming the first telecom in the world to launch a commercial 5G network on April...
Germany 5G Security Standard

German 5G auction finishing the week at €3.7 billion

German 5G auction ended this week with the sum of highest bids reaching €3.723 billion. Showing the level of commitment to 5G,...
Mobile UK 5G Report

£6.8bn impact to UK if Huawei banned from 5G

Mobile UK, the UK mobile network operators' trade association, issued a report "The Impact on the UK of a Restriction on Huawei...
DoD 5G Report

US DoD warns about US losing the 5G war

The Defense Innovation Board of the US Department of Defense issued a new study outlining the risks America faces if China takes...
5G France

France defines specific 5G security requirements

France’s parliament is debating a bill that would see the country establish stricter security rules around 5G networks.
Netherlands 5G

Dutch security agency warns against Chinese, Russian tech

The Dutch security service advised the government on Tuesday not to use technology from countries with active cyber-hacking campaigns against the Netherlands,...
Huawei bans

Defiant Huawei reports 25% y-o-y profit growth

Huawei released its 2018 Annual Report today. Despite the growing 5G-related geopolitical spat it has found itself in and U.S. efforts to...
Huawei 5G

UK government issues a report warning of Huawei

UK government’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board just published its fifth annual report for the Cabinet Secretary.
EU 5G

EU recommends common approach to 5G security

Today the European Commission (EC) has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of...
AT&T 5G

AT&T ‘Fake 5G E’ mobile network slower than competitor’s 4G

Open Signal, a company which specialized in assessing the capabilities of mobile networks worldwide has recently tested and found that AT&T’s "5G...
5G Spectrum Germany

Germany begins sales of 5G spectrum

Disregarding lawsuits and other delaying attempts from Germany’s big 3 Telecommunications corporations, Germany’s Federal Network Agency has seen fit to begin the...
NATO 5G Security Geopolitics

NATO Will Assess Potential Security Implications of 5G Gear

On 14th March 2019, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the launch of his Annual Report for 2018 touched on security and...
Germany 5G Security Standard

Germany Will Define Its Own Security Standards for 5G Security

After Washington last week warned Germany that it would scale back intelligence data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate...
5G Security GSA

GSA Issues a 5G Security Primer Whitepaper

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today issued a 5G Security Primer whitepaper. The whitepaper provides a top-level overview of the security...

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How 5G Will Transform the Global Economy and Societies

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that use the Internet experience, perceive and act in the world is radically changing. We interact with physical objects and systems well beyond our sight and comprehension. Our cars, homes, factories and public transportation are controlled increasingly by computer chips and sensors. This interconnectedness already exceeds much of last century’s science fiction imaginings, but is poised to accelerate even more dramatically with the advent of 5G. Popular telecom carrier driven expectations about the speed and capacity of 5G consumer mobile...

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US vs China 5G

Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT

Emerging Technology Enters the Political Ring There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive industry, notwithstanding the race for intellectual property that can be licensed by burgeoning markets for revenue. A first-mover advantage is often a way to lock in relationships that can lead to long-term infrastructure commitments, integration support services, and service delivery platform development. As the adage goes, “Whoever owns the platform, owns the customer.” This race to be the first to establish technological platforms and lock-in their customers is increasingly becoming politicized. And 5G, the next generation of cellular...

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5G Connectivity Security

5G: A Quantum Leap in Connectivity – and Cyber Threats

The timeline of human history is marked by inflection points of major technological advancement. The plow, the printing press, the telegraph, the steam engine, electricity, the telephone, the internet: each of these breakthroughs precipitated tectonic shifts in how people lived and worked. Now, in the early part of the 21st century, we stand witness to the birth of a new industrial revolution built on 5th generation cellular technology. As the name implies, 5G follows a developmental chain. First came 1G, the first generation of cellular communication that freed us to make voice calls without being tethered to a physical phone connection....

5G Privacy articles

Importance of Privacy for Smart Cities and IoT

From The Jetsons to Blade Runner, to Back to the Future, to A.I. to The 5th Element, popular culture has long been fascinated by what the future would look like for ordinary people. In these films and countless others, humans of the future are shown engaging with technology that speaks to them, cooks for them, asks them how their day was and connects them with the outside world in a seamless and intuitive way. These are all examples of what we now regard as smart homes – living spaces optimized by devices connected through the Internet of...

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5G Cell Tower

A Policy and Regulatory Checklist for 5G

Ultra high speed, high quality 5G networks are expected to provide the connectivity required for remote robotic surgery as well as instant movie downloads and 3D mobile gaming. The technology boasts incredible reliability and low latency. However, recent hype generated by mobile operators and false promises inevitably mean that unreasonable early expectations will go unmet. So far, China and Huawei have out-competed Americans in development and deployment of 5G technology. The Trump Administration is keenly aware of and sensitive to falling behind in this tech sector, not just from a commercial perspective, but also...

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Cybersecurity IoT 5G

Cyber-Kinetic Risks: The Unintended Consequence of IoT in a 5G World

Getting smart about security in smart systems Smart used to be something we called people or pets. It wasn't a term one would use to describe one's hairbrush. That is changing, of course, in an era of accelerating digital transformation. Now we have smart homes, smart cities, smart grids, smart refrigerators and, yes, even smart hairbrushes. What's not so smart, though, is the way the security of these systems is often overlooked, and with new horizon technologies like 5G, these problems are set to grow exponentially. Cyber-physical systems and the...

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IIoT 5G Trust Security

Trust and Convenience and the IIoT: A Potentially Deadly Combination

When microwave ovens first arrived on the market in 1967 they were met with public skepticism. Perhaps it was because, not long before, the same technology now promising to safely cook consumers’ evening meals was the backbone of a military radar. Perhaps it was the $495 price tag (more than $3,700 in today’s money). Whatever the reason, in the early 1970s the percentage of Americans owning a microwave was tiny. By 2011, it was 97%. What changed? Trust and convenience. When microwave technology was first released, it was difficult to trust. Cooking without using heat? It was simply too alien. In 1973,...

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AI Three Futures

Three Views of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Future

If you’ve read the many predictions about the future of AI, you’ve likely found them to be wildly different. They range from AI spelling doom for humanity, to AI ushering in Golden Age of peace, harmony and culture, to AI producing barely a blip on society’s path toward ever-greater technological achievement. Those three views – dystopian, utopian and organic – present issues we need to consider as we move deeper toward an AI-integrated future. Yet they also contain exaggerations and false assumptions that we need to separate from reality. The Dystopian...

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Smart City 5G Privacy

Cyber-Kinetic Security and Privacy Threats in Smart Cities

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN estimates that by 2050 that proportion will be 68% - more than 6 billion people living in high-density conditions. This raises significant challenges. What is the best way to ensure that human needs are met in a fair and equitable way? How will we face challenges like resource strain, waste and pollution management, traffic congestion and connectivity? In response to these wicked problems, cities are increasingly relying on smart technologies to foster greater efficiency and sustainable growth. These interventions do not, however,...

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Good summary of major signalling and security challenges for communication service providers from Ericsson blog "You need a robust signaling solution in 5G too!" https://t.co/5dpr8UwAeR

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