5G Connectivity Security
The timeline of human history is marked by inflection points of major technological advancement. The plow, the printing press, the telegraph, the steam engine, electricity, the telephone, the internet: each of these breakthroughs precipitated tectonic shifts in how people lived and worked. Now, in the early part of the 21st century, we stand witness to the birth of a new industrial revolution built on 5th generation cellular technology - 5G network. As the name implies, 5G network follows a developmental chain. First came 1G, the first generation of cellular communication that freed us to make voice calls without being tethered...
AI and 5G Double-edged Sword
If you've ever been to an expensive restaurant and ordered a familiar dish like, say, lasagna, but received a plate with five different elements arranged in a way that does not at all resemble what you know as lasagna, then you have probably tasted deconstructionism. This approach to cuisine aims to challenge the way our brain makes associations, to break existing patterns of interpretation and, in so doing, to release unrealized potential. If the different elements work together harmoniously, it should be the best lasagna you've ever tasted. So it is with 5G. In principle, the 5th Generation network is deconstructed. Firstly,...
Risks of AI
In 1956, at a workshop on the campus of Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) was born. Attendants were buoyant. MIT cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky was quoted as saying, "Within a generation  the problem of creating 'artificial intelligence' will substantially be solved." This prediction turned out to be over zealous, but Minsky and his colleagues believed it wholeheartedly. What, then, is different today? What makes the current dialogue about AI more relevant and believable? How do we know that this is not another case of humans over estimating the development of technology? For one thing,...
AI and 5G
In 2013, George F. Young and colleagues completed a fascinating study into the science behind starling murmurations. These breathtaking displays of thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of birds in a single flock swooping and diving around each other, look from a distance like a single organism organically shape-shifting before the viewer’s eyes. In their research article, Young et al reference the starling’s remarkable ability to “maintain cohesion as a group in highly uncertain environments and with limited, noisy information." The team discovered that the birds’ secret lay in paying attention to a fixed number of their neighbors –...
Prague 5G Security Conference
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 path towards consensus in 5G security is the right thing to do. A more science-based approach agreed to by the majority of the...
5G gear 5G security standard Huawei
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 in its 5G gear. 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 5G gear 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 if things would be as simple as...
5G gear 5G security standard Huawei
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 the 5G critical infrastructure, and through it the connected devices and machinery at will. Headlines are dominated by the...
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 and Geopolitics of 5G 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 l Add Formevel 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;...
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).