5G Security: It’s Zero Hour for Zero Trust

PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVE — Fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology will completely transform global telecommunications networks. Billions more devices, sensors, and systems will be connected worldwide. Downloads will be much faster, latency will be much lower, and the capacity to connect more devices to the network will skyrocket. For all its performance advantages, however, 5G will abruptly expand the nation’s cyber attack surface—a potential boon for U.S. adversaries. Recently published federal guidance could help cloud providers and mobile network operators manage emerging risks. The first step is embracing a leading cybersecurity mindset: It’s zero hour for zero trust.