NSA issues cyber warning on 5G Network Slicing


National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a report that has outlined cybersecurity threats related to 5G Network Slicing. The cyber alert was issued to companies involved in the business of offering applications and services related to the high-speed wireless internet broadband services.

5G Network slicing is nothing but sharing resources aligned with the same physical infrastructure by multiple resources. The slicing of network can be allocated based on the specific needs of applications and use case of customers.

NSA wants the network operators to follow basic security standards that allow to mitigate threats associated to threats like Denial of service, man in the middle attack and configuration related troubles.

Security concerns related to network split were raised by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in September 2020 and experts were pressed into service to ease the risks on a technical note.

As architecture plays a crucial role in the espousal of new technologies, certain companies like Huawei, ZTE and Hikvision were imposed with a trade ban in whole of united states. Meaning, the products and services sold by this firm will not be entertained anymore in America.

NOTE 1- 5G plays a vital role in the prevalence of technologies like autonomous cars and IoT and so securing the network becomes extremely crucial, especially when adversaries are indulging in cyber warfare.

NOTE 2- Business firms should be extremely cautious when countries like Russia, China and North Korea are waiting for a chance to exploit the critical infrastructure of other nations for own benefits. And as the future looks bright for 5G adoption across the world, the threat vulnerability might also double or triple within no time.


Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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