Huawei bans
For years U.S. and some of its allies are claiming that Huawei should not be trusted and that the Chinese company is likely to have backdoors. (See my article for more background on the geopolitics of 5G https://5g.security/5g-geopolitics/geopolitics-of-5g-massive-critical-iot/). Today's report from Bloomberg is already being held as the "smoking gun" by the supporters of the U.S. position. Bloomberg alleges that Vodafone, the largest mobile network operator in Europe, found backdoors in Huawei equipment between 2009 and 2011. With these backdoors, Huawei could have gained unauthorized access to Vodafone's "fixed-line network in Italy." It wouldn't be a 5G story...
Huawei bans
The top US cybersecurity policy diplomat, Rob strayer, praised Germany’s strict security standards for 5G network providers on Wednesday. The requirements include sections that call for the providers to utilize “trustworthy” equipment suppliers who comply with national security regulations related to secrecy and data protection. The issue of course being that Huawei in particular has some managerial, best practices and compliance issues in this area as seen in previous reports such as the UK’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre. Rob strayer believes that this would “lead inevitably” to a banning of Huawei as...
5G Critical Infrastructure
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 and machinery at will. Headlines are dominated by the case against Huawei, and debate continues to rage...
Mobile UK 5G Report
Mobile UK, the UK mobile network operators' trade association, issued a report "The Impact on the UK of a Restriction on Huawei in the Telecoms Supply Chain" outlining potential risk to UK economy if use of Huawei for 5G rollout is restricted. Some key findings from the report include: A partial to full restriction on Huawei in the telecoms supply chain could result in an 18 – 24 month delay to the widespread availability of 5G in the UK. The cost to the UK economy of a delay in rollout is...
5G France
France’s parliament is debating a bill that would see the country establish stricter security rules around 5G networks. The bill would require all 5G network equipment to undergo special security testing and be cleared before those vendors could be eligible for 5G contracts. While the legislation doesn't target Huawei explicitly, it is obviously influenced by the U.S. recent pressure against Huawei. "We don’t target any gear maker; we target equipment," said Thomas Gassilloud, a lawmaker from President Emmanuel Macron’s party. Bloomberg report here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-03/france-s-5g-bill-makes-it-tough-but-not-impossible-for-huawei
Netherlands 5G
The Dutch security service advised the government on Tuesday not to use technology from countries with active cyber-hacking campaigns against the Netherlands, such as China and Russia. The recommendation came as the Dutch government is weighing options for a new 5G telecommunications network in the coming years. Reuters report https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-netherlands-security-idUKKCN1RE1U0
US vs China 5G
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...
Huawei 5G
UK government’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board just published its fifth annual report for the Cabinet Secretary. The board, which is chaired by the head of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, has issued its harshest warning yet over the cyber security risks posed by Huawei and their involvement in future 5G networks. US government effectively banned Huawei from the US market since a report from US Congress in 2012 labeled it a national security threat. Washington has been since pressuring its allies to join the ban. Some, like...
EU 5G
Today the European Commission (EC) has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. The EC has recommended a series of operational steps and measures aimed at ensuring a high level of security of 5G networks across the EU including: legislative and policy measures designed to protect the nations’ economies, societies and democratic systems; recommendation that each member state complete a national risk assessment of 5G network infrastructures by the end of June; and
5G Network Slicing
Hyped as the technology that will transform the world, 5G is moving past the buzzword stage with first implementations coming to life in 2019. Nations are racing to 5G with such fervor that it now became one of the hottest hot-button geopolitical issues. With latency as low as 1 ms and speeds of up to 4 Gbps, as well as a wider range of frequency bands and enhanced capacity, 5G will be able to accommodate innovative use cases and much greater numbers of connected devices, driving overall growth for Internet of Things (IoT).
5G Security
Don’t let the “5G” in the title confuse you. This post is not only about the telcos’ core networks, but about the cybersecurity and privacy issues in our (very) near, and very different future that 5G will enable. In the 5G-enabled massive Internet of Things (mIoT) world we’re about to find ourselves in, we are expected to have 1000 devices connected for every person… These devices will be the components of the ‘5G operating system’ for our smart cities, our industry 4.0, our smart homes, smart transportation, smart healthcare, and much more. To enable this future, we...
Smart City 5G Privacy
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,...
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...