Exploring the challenges & opportunities in 5G security and resilience

7 Oct 2019 04:32 PM

With the deployment of 5G, techUK convened an event looking at the opportunities of 5G and the challenges of ensuring the networks security and resilience.

5G is here now, and we are seeing new devices and networks being deployed rapidly, along with the continuing development of 5G testbeds and trials. 5G is an essential element of the UK’s digital fabric and the underpinning for the 4th Industrial Revolution which, if the UK grasps early will raise productivity and provide a comparative advantage.

But these networks also pose challenges. Firstly, the technical nature of them increases the attack surface for potential attacks. Secondly, the adoption of 5G by other parts of our Critical National Infrastructure will increase our reliance on such networks, and likely the attractiveness to attacking them by hostile actors.

To address these concerns, techUK convened an event (under Chatham House rule) that brought together Government, regulators, mobile operators, vendors, operators of private networks and cyber-security organization to explore the opportunities of 5G and the challenges of ensuring its security and resilience.

A common concern amongst delegates was that 5G comes with greater complexity than 4G networks which in turn increases potential vulnerability for several reasons:

Presentations from our speakers from the event will be uploaded soon.

Following the discussions from the event, techUK is bringing together its telecoms network operators, equipment vendors and system integrators together, along with its cyber security companies and Government participation including DCMS, Ofcom and NCSC to help formulate how the industry should respond to the Government’s Telecoms Supply Chain Review.

Covering both fixed and wireless infrastructure this member only group will meet under Chatham House rule to allow for an open exchange of information in order to determine best practice. 

The first meeting of the working group will be a forum style meeting that will determine the key activities the group should pursue. The date of this working group is to be announced.

Members who would like to be involved in the working group, please contact: