• 5G Security NewsNSA CISA Securing 5G

    CISA + NSA Publish Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure

    Cybersecurity Infrastructure Agency (CISA), National Security Agency (NSA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) published a new 5G security related paper – “Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure”. The report outlines three major potential threat vectors to the 5G infrastructure: policy and standards, supply chain, and 5G systems architecture. Each are described together with a number of sub-vectors. The report also stresses that not implementing optional security controls can be damaging because…

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  • 5G Security NewsENISA 5G 3GPP Controls

    Cybersecurity for 5G: ENISA Releases Report on Security Controls in 3GPP

    The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) released its Security in 5G Specifications Report about key security controls in the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the main body developing technical specifications for fifth generation of mobile telecommunications (5G) networks. As vendors, system integrators and operators build, deploy and manage 5G networks, the ENISA publication underlines the need for cybersecurity and for the national regulatory authorities in charge of cybersecurity policy development and implementation to have a…

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  • 5G Security NewsNIST 5G Cybersecurity Draft

    NIST publishes draft 5G Cybersecurity Practice Guide

    National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) just published a preliminary draft of Special Publication SP 1800-33A, “5G Cybersecurity,” – Volume A: Executive Summary. This practice guide can benefit organizations operating or using 5G networks, as well as network operators and equipment vendors, and may be of particular interest to the telecommunications and public safety communities. The public comment period is open through March 4, 2021…

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  • 5G Security NewsNTIA 5G Security

    NTIA Announces National Strategy to Secure 5G Implementation Plan

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released National Strategy to Secure 5G Implementation Plan, a government–wide plan to lead the world in the development and deployment of secure and resilient fifth generation (5G) wireless communications infrastructure. The implementation plan lists specific actions the federal government will take as well as lead agencies responsible for implementing each effort. The implementation plan also lists a number of potential new research and development (R&D) efforts and priorities…

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  • 5G Security NewsS3469 NETWORK Act

    U.S. lawmakers introduce bill targeting Huawei for industrial espionage

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers today introduced in Senate a bill aimed “To impose sanctions with respect to foreign telecommunications companies engaged in economic or industrial espionage against United States persons, and for other purposes.” Officially called Neutralizing Emerging Threats from Wireless OEMs Receiving direction from Kleptocracies and Surveillance states Act or the NETWORKS Act, the bill would require the President to block and prohibit significant transactions and interests in property of a foreign…

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  • 5G Security NewsBell 5G

    Bell Canada to pause 5G launch due to COVID-19

    On Bell’s BCE Inc (BCE) Q1 2020 Results Conference Call on Thursday new Bell’s President and CEO Mirko Bibic said: “We are ready with our initial 5G network, but frankly we don’t think that it’s the right time right now to officially launch it for marketing purposes. I just don’t think that customers are paying attention to this right now and that’s not what is top of mind for our customer base. They have other…

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  • 5G Security NewsTeraGo 5G Fixed Wireless

    TeraGo commences 5G fixed wireless technical trials in Toronto

    TeraGo Inc. (“TeraGo” or the “Company”) (TSX: TGO, www.terago.ca) is a Canadian managed cloud and connectivity solutions company. It owns a national spectrum portfolio of exclusive 24GHz and 38GHz wide-area spectrum licences including 2,120 MHz of spectrum across Canada’s 6 largest cities. It operates a national fixed wireless network with thousands of access points across Canada and operates five data centres in the Greater Toronto Area, the Greater Vancouver Area, and Kelowna. TeraGo announced that…

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  • 5G Security NewsThe-Next-Gen-Future

    Report: Inquiry into the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in AU

    Australian government’s committee – The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts – has issued a new report on adoption of 5G in Australia. The report titled “The Next Gen Future – Inquiry into the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia” lists 14 recommendations including these few related to technology independence and cybersecurity: The Committee recommends that the Australian Government investigate ways to encourage the manufacture of 5G infrastructure within…

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  • 5G Security News3gpp 5g 16 17 SP-200222

    3GPP delays releases 16 and 17 for three months

    In response to COVID-19 3GPP has delayed the next two 5G standards releases – releases 16 and 17 – by three months. 3GPP Release 16 stage 3 freezing will now occur in June 2020 while Release 17 will now be frozen in June 2021. Release 16 includes specifications that cover: Enhancement of Ultra Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) support in the 5G Core network Physical-layer enhancements for URLLC 5G New radio (NR) support for Industrial Internet…

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  • 5G Security Newsuk-5g-huawei

    Huawei Greenlit for U.K.’s 5G Network

    The U.K. government greenlit Huawei for a limited role in the U.K.’s fifth-generation telecommunications networks. This is a blow for American efforts of the last few years to get its allies to boycott the Chinese telecom-equipment vendor. The U.S. has been campaigning against Huawei ostensibly over spying fears. However, the real reasons are much more complicated. See Geopolitics of 5G and 5G-Connected Massive & Critical IoT for my analysis of the 5G-related geopolitical spat. The…

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  • 5G Security NewsRogers 5G

    Rogers begins 5G rollout in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

    Rogers announced it is starting to roll out Canada’s first 5G network in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal so it is ready when 5G devices become available this year. Rogers is using Ericsson equipment. 5G network will  initially use 2.5 GHz spectrum and will expand to use 600 MHz 5G spectrum later this year. With this move, the Canadian wireless operator is laying claim to being the first cellphone provider in Canada to offer…

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  • 5G Security NewsENISA 5G Threat Landscape

    ENISA published “Threat Landscape of 5G Networks”

    ENISA, the EU’s always excellent cybersecurity watchdog, published “Threat Landscape of 5G Networks”, a report on threats relating to 5G networks. The report presents an overview of the challenges in the security of 5G networks. It also presents a comprehensive generic 5G architecture, the identification of key assets, the assessment of threats affecting 5G (threat taxonomy), the identification of asset exposure (threats – assets mapping) and an initial assessment of threat agent motives. I don’t…

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  • 5G Security NewsHuawei Position Paper Cybersecurity

    Huawei releases its position paper on cyber security

    Today Huawei released its position paper on cyber security. The paper is an excellent summary of 5G security risks, latest standards and industry developments related to 5G security. Some of the 5G security approaches Huawei claims to follow and how their cybersecurity organized all have some interesting and applicable nuggets. Once some of the self-serving statements are filtered out, this paper together with included references could serve as a good 5G security primer. The paper,…

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  • 5G Security NewsAccelerating 5G Canada

    5G Will Have Significant Positive Impacts for Canadians – Report

    Cities and rural communities across Canada will see significant economic and quality-of-life benefits as 5G is deployed. According to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and developed by Accenture Strategy 5G will add 250,000 new permanent jobs to the economy by 2026. It also estimates that 5G impact will reach $40 billion CAD of annual GDP contribution by 2026. The report, “Accelerating 5G in Canada – Benefits for Cities and Rural…

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  • 5G Security Newshuawei cse csis

    Canadian Intelligence Agencies Disagree on Huawei Ban – Media

    According to a recent media report, Canadian key intelligence agencies – the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) – are divided over whether Ottawa should block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from supplying equipment for this country’s next-generation 5G wireless networks. CSE and CSIS were tasked with conducting a cybersecurity review to evaluate the risks as well as the economic costs to Canadian telecoms and consumers of blacklisting…

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  • 5G Security Newsubc-rogers-5G

    Rogers Opens First 5G-Powered Smart Campus at UBC

    Rogers Communications, together with the University of British Columbia (UBC), announced the launch of what it claims to be Canada’s first 5G-powered smart campus in North America as part of their strategic partnership to advance 5G research in the country. “With 5G at our doorstep, we’re focused on bringing together Canada’s brightest minds to research, incubate and commercialize applications that will transform the way we live and work,” said Jorge Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer, Rogers…

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  • 5G Security Newsericsson 5g security concordia

    Ericsson Extends 5G Security Partnership with Concordia University

    Ericsson has extended a 5G security partnership with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, through a new industrial research chair awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The main objective of this Industrial Research Chair (IRC) program is to develop a series of solutions to improve the security of cloud and edge computing virtual infrastructures based on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), with special application to virtual radio…

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  • 5G Security Newsgsma-north-america-5g

    GSMA Report Highlights North America’s Global 5G Leadership

    A new GSMA report highlights North America’s global 5G leadership. The report – The Mobile EconomyNorth America 2019 – part of GSMA’s ongoing Mobile Economy report series was published at MWC Los Angeles by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. The study sees a rapid expansion of 5G coverage across the US and Canada and estimates that by the end of 2022, 24% of connections on the continent will be on 5G networks,…

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  • 5G Security NewsEncqor 5G

    ENCQOR 5G Launches First Public mmWave Service in Canada

    ENCQOR 5G (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) industry partnership announced that Canada’s first publicly accessible 5G mmWave service is now live at Invest Ottawa, and will be rolled out to the other ENCQOR 5G sites in Quebec and Ontario in the coming weeks. The ENCQOR 5G initiative is funded by the governments of Canada, Quebec and Ontario as well as leading industry players Ericsson, Ciena,…

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  • 5G Security NewsPrague 5G Security

    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 cybersecurity threats. The two-day conference held under the auspices of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš hoped to develop a series of non-binding recommendations on how to approach future cyber threats emerging from 5G technologies. The recommendations would also contribute to discussions within the EU and NATO on a common approach towards cyber threats. Building a…

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