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 fully agree with the report’s mapping of relevance of asset groups to the maintenance of CIA properties, but, as the authors state “…the asset mapping is an ongoing task that will need some time to reach a mature stage.”

Overall, this is the best and most comprehensive such report I’ve seen in the industry so far.

Report available here: https://www.enisa.europa.eu/publications/enisa-threat-landscape-for-5g-networks

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies. He leads PwC’s global 5G cybersecurity efforts as well as industrial, IoT and critical infrastructure cybersecurity services in the region. All these focus areas are being transformed with the emergence of 5G, massive IoT (mIoT) and critical IoT (cIoT). Marin worked with critical infrastructure protection organizations in a dozen countries, 20+ of the top 100 telecom companies, and a number of technology companies on understanding the geopolitics of 5G; uncovering as-yet-unknown security and privacy risks of 5G, AI and IoT; and defining novel security and privacy approaches to address emerging technology risks.

5G Threat Landscape