Preparing a Secure Evolution to 5G

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The NCCoE has released the final project descriptionPreparing a Secure Evolution to 5G,  and is currently seeking industry participants and other interested collaborators to help us develop an example solution. 

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Current Status

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) recently released the final project description 5G Cybersecurity: Preparing a Secure Evolution to 5Gand is currently seeking industry participants and other interested collaborators to help us develop an example solution. Please see our Federal Register notice for more information.

Read an overview of the project on our two-page fact sheet.

 

Summary

As 5G-based networks are deployed in our nation and across the world, this brings great promise of positive changes to the way humans and machines communicate, operate, and interact in the physical and virtual world. Such changes are possible because 5G networks support increased cybersecurity protections through the addition of standards-based features and the deployment of more modern information technologies.

The NCCoE is initiating this project in collaboration with industry participants to show how the components of 5G architectures can securely mitigate risks and meet industry sectors’ compliance requirements for several 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 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.

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.