NATO 5G Security Geopolitics
On 14th March 2019, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the launch of his Annual Report for 2018 touched on security and geopolitical concerns of 5G (full transcript here). Stoltenberg said that allies are "...consulting closely on this issue, including on the security aspects on investments in 5G networks." The Secretary General acknowledged that “NATO allies have expressed their concerns over Huawei and their role in providing 5G infrastructure” and added “NATO takes these concerns very seriously.” “We will now assess the issue and find out how NATO,...
Germany 5G Security Standard
After Washington last week warned Germany that it would scale back intelligence data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate in German 5G implementation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back to assert independence. Merkel stated that the German government was keenly focused on security 5G mobile infrastructure, but Berlin would keep its own counsel. "Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves,” Merkel said.
5G Security GSA
The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today issued a 5G Security Primer whitepaper. The whitepaper provides a top-level overview of the security considerations and required approaches necessary for securing 5G networks. GSA calls on industry to adopt security best practices to make 5G a success. The whitepaper includes detail on trust models and assumptions within 5G networks compared to LTE. It also outlines how 5G architecture and features enhance security including network slicing and SBA (Service-Based Architecture), Authentication and Identity Management, Privacy, Inter-operator Security, the role of multi-access edge computing (MEC), the potential security...
Huawei Cybersecurity
On March the 5th, 2019, Huawei opened a Cyber Security Transparency Center in Brussels as part of its 2 billion USD Cybersecurity project, to a great fanfare and large amount of interest "with over 200 representatives from regulators, telecom carriers, enterprises, and the media attending the event" (Huawei Press Release, 2019). Though not directly claimed in press publications, this project along with the centre itself appear to be part of Huawei's attempt to convince the public governmental and private business entities whom are potentially its 5G network technology customers that it would not compromise...
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...
IoT Cybersecurity Framework Government
The human brain is programmed to keep us safe and secure. Yes, we are separated from the rest of the animal kingdom by our advanced capacities of sense-making and decision-making, but at the core of our grey matter remains some primitive but powerful tech tasked with keeping us alive. If your amygdala senses danger, it makes a split second decision and triggers the fight-or-flight response, flooding your body with hormones like adrenaline that prepare you for battle. This overrides the cortex – the sophisticated part of the brain we rely on for problem-solving and strategic thinking –...
Smart City Privacy
Humans are moving to cities at an unprecedented rate. Today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas with that number expected to grow to 68% by 2050. The trend of urbanization is dramatic enough, but when it is layered with the ubiquitous trend towards technological integration the question that surfaces is, ‘What kind of cities will people be living in by 2050?’ How will they reflect the cyber-physical world taking shape around us, and how will we ensure that they remain safe places to live? The concept of the ‘smart city’ is...
Smart City Privacy
In part one of this short series on smart cities and privacy, I looked at the driving forces and factors behind the development of the smart city. Factors such as environmental change, technological advances, and increasing need for sustainability, as cities become the home of over half the population of the planet. I also explored the technologies making the smart city a reality. Technologies behind the ethos of smart water, smart buildings, and smart transport. All of these innovations require data in some form or another, and much of it personal data from ourselves. These data may...
Smart Cities Privacy
Part One: A Tale of Smart Cities There has been a lot of talk about 5G recently, and there is plenty more to come. The 5th Generation network is set to be the greatest leap in connectivity since the beginning of the Digital Revolution. It will enable a wave of new technologies and services that are currently only the stuff of imagination. From autonomous vehicles to the greater Internet of Things (IoT), 5G will usher in a new era of cyber-physical integration. Nowhere will this impact be more dramatic than in smart cities –...