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5G Security White Paper: Security Makes 5G Go Further


ZTE is an Industry Sponsor of Mobile 360 – Security for 5G, which will be held in the Hague, 28-29 May 2019.

With the coming of 5G, Internet is facing new challenges. Following the concepts of network business convergence and on-demand services, 5G introduces abundant access capabilities, flexible network architecture and higher security, changes the plain pipeline service model, provides enhanced bandwidth and higher cost performance for the traditional consumer Internet, and provides highly customizable network and ICT services for the Industrial Internet.

Similar to any other great technology in the history, 5G also needs to endure twice development procedures. On one hand, as the continuous expansion of 5G commercial trail networks, 5G has made fully preparations in terms of technologies. However, on the other hand, how to persuade the market (especially, vertical industries) to use 5G networks in large scale, without any worries, becomes a new challenge for the whole industry.

Specifically, security threats and challenges faced by traditional consumer Internet still exist, and become even more complicated and difficult to perceive. What’s worse, in order to support diversified services, 5G is also redefined by new technologies such as SDN/NFV and MEC to provide more abundant and flexible on-demand network services through slice customization, and all the new technologies bring new security threats and challenges to 5G network and fundamental facilities connected to 5G network. All in all, to make 5G go further, network security is an indispensable part.

As a global enterprise, ZTE always regards product and service security as one of its basic responsibilities. We have realized that, 5G in the future will become the milestone of the whole society. For the traditional mobile network, its security mainly affects the Internet economy. In contrast, for 5G network, its security may cause severe affects to all social and economic fields including physical economy, which is exactly the original intention that we launch this 5G Security White Paper to share our ideas about 5G security.

In ZTE’s opinion, the 5G network security shall be full-dimensional and multi-layered. The security of new technologies introduced to 5G network such as network slice, edge calculation, etc., shall be taken as key points. For those important fundamental facilities connected to 5G network in the future, operators can customize 5G security dedicated network based on network slice and edge calculation by means of further opening their own security resource pool. For assets of VIP customers, it introduces brand new ideas of AI and initiative defense to further protect networks of vertical industries.

5G network security is not merely a technical issue, but also proposes higher requirements on security supervision, which requests new law frameworks, supervision modes, and evaluation and authentication systems, and meanwhile raises challenges on the security governance system, operation and maintenance system, and customer service system for the existing networks.

As a leading vendor of 5G solutions and products, ZTE deeply understands the concerns and attention of consumers, customers, governments, and relevant organizations on cybersecurity, and provides secure and credible 5G solutions and products by building a first-class cybersecurity governance system. ZTE is looking forward to researching the open and transparent governance mechanism for 5G network together with operators, governments, regulatory departments, and independent security evaluation agencies, and sharing successful security governance ideas and practices.

The views and opinions expressed in this piece belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA.

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