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 Australia.
  • To help enable this, the Australian Government should establish a 5G R&D Innovation Fund to fast track the development and scale-up of alternative manufacturing approaches to reduce the duopoly dependency on 5G related equipment.
  • The Committee recommends that the Australian Government conduct a review of current legislative arrangements enforcing network and data security for the supply of 5G equipment. Further, as part of this framework, it must be incumbent on vendors to enforce Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management throughout procurement, roll out and maintenance of the 5G network.

The report is available here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Communications/5G/Report

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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.

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