4G to 5G Evolution: Complex Security Risks

Scott Schober, President and CEO of “Berkeley Varitronics Systems”, participates in Risk Roundup with Jayshree Pandya to discuss “4G to 5G Evolution: Complex Security Risks”.

 

Overview

It seems that the existing wireless networks were never designed with the security features that individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) desire today, or will desire, in the coming tomorrow.

Over the years, the market demand for the change in wireless networks has come at a neck-breaking pace as the internet of things, smartphones, tablets, laptops and other form of computers have rapidly become a way of being and a way of life.

It is because of this market demand and the widening gap between the current and desired state of the wireless networks, that the mobile industry is undergoing a major technology transformation. Now along with this transformation, there are also evolutionary changes happening in the cloud and the web as more devices, more data, more applications, and growing number of novel service delivery models are forcing the industry to innovate further.

As a result, from Smart City to Smart Homes, Smart Autos to Smart Healthcare, Smart Enterprises and more, there is a need for fast and ubiquitous network access that connects Cyberspace, Geospace and Space (CGS).

As the digital global age advances, wireless networks will need to handle mobile computing and communications needs of not only individuals and entities across NGIOA, but also billions of internet of things, internet of everything and internet of nano-things devices and machines across CGS.

What this means is that the need for evolution from 4G to 5G is not simply about having a faster mobile network or better functions in smartphones. While many aspects of 5G are still uncertain and unknown, it is becoming clear that since 5G will not be confined to individual customers, as with 2G, 3G and 4G, each entity across NGIOA, individually and collectively will be impacted due to 5G.

The rise of smart nations: smart government- industries, and enterprises, new architecture and new technologies through 5G will present significant opportunities as well as challenges.

As the digital global age draws near, along with the growing volume of data traffic and variety of innovative digital services, the opportunities and challenges for next generation 5G technologies will likely increase to unseen-before levels (4G). As entities across NGIOA, independently and collectively navigate their way towards supporting a 5G connected CGS world, its complex security risks are becoming a cause of great concern.

It is important to understand and acknowledge that the current silo network-based security approach used today to secure the path between communicating individuals and entities may not be efficient and sufficient enough to build security for the 5G CGS Ecosystem.

The time is now to take the security of 5G infrastructures seriously into consideration. The time is now to talk about 5G security risks!


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About the Guest
Scott Schober, is the President and CEO of “Berkeley Varitronics Systems”.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

“Risk Roundup” is an “integrated strategic security risk dialogue” for nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). Risk Roundup is released in both audio and video format and is available for subscription at (Risk Group WebsiteiTunesGoogle PlayStitcher RadioAndroid, and Risk Group Professional Social Media).

About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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