Preparing a Secure Evolution to 5G

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The public comment period to review draft project description, 5G Cybersecurity: Preparing a Secure Evolution to 5G  is now closed. 

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Summary

As 5G-based networks are deployed in our nation and across the world, there is great promise of positive changes in the way humans and machines communicate, operate, and interact in the physical and virtual world. 5G networks support increased cybersecurity protections through the addition of standards-based features and the increased use of modern information technologies. With cellular networks transitioning from 4G to 5G, it is important for organizations to understand and address the challenges, opportunities, and risks associated with the use of 5G networks.

The NCCoE is initiating an effort in collaboration with industry participants to demonstrate how the components of 5G architectures can be used securely to mitigate risks and meet industry sectors’ compliance requirements for a number of 5G use case scenarios. 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.

This project will result in a NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a publicly available description of the practical steps needed to implement a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this challenge.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to join our Community of Interest, please email the project team at 5g-security@nist.gov.