5G-based networks being deployed in our nation and across the world brings great promise of positive changes to the way humans and machines communicate, operate, and interact in the physical and virtual worlds. Such changes are possible because technology advancements and 5G networks support increased cybersecurity protections through the adoption of standards-based features and deployment of more modern information technologies.
The NCCoE initiated this project in collaboration with industry participants to show how the components of 5G architectures can securely mitigate cybersecurity risks and meet industry sectors’ compliance requirements. 5G standards have been designed to support use case–specific capabilities by way of network deployment options. The proposed proof-of-concept solution will integrate commercial and open-source products that leverage cybersecurity standards and recommended practices to showcase 5G’s robust security features. For further reference, see the Federal Register Notice or the project description.
This project will result in a National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a publicly available description of the practical steps needed to implement a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this challenge.