How to navigate cybersecurity in a 5G world

With 5G comes a larger attack surface and more devices accessing the network. Companies must ramp up security strategies to stay protected, an AT&T Cybersecurity report finds.

5G cybersecurity concerns and physical challenges: What you need to know
Dan Patterson discusses how 5G will enable IoT, AR, VR, 3D renderings, and more. He also talks about the numerous cybersecurity concerns with 5G.

AT&T Cybersecurity released a report on Monday identifying the major security gaps organizations must address with the rise of 5G networking

While 72.5% of security professionals worldwide rated their level of concern for the 5G’s impact on security as high or medium-high, only 22% said they believed their current policies are ready for 5G, the report found. 

The AT&T Cybersecurity Insights Report: Security at the Speed of 5G surveyed 704 security practitioners from North America, India, Australia, and the UK to determine how prepared larger organizations are for the security implications of 5G.

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5G promises increased bandwidth, higher speeds, with low latency, but it also brings an influx of cybersecurity concerns. The majority of respondents (76%) said they expected completely new security threats to surface from the 5G world, the report found. 

Nearly all respondents expect to make 5G-related security changes within the next five years, with 35% saying they will start in the next one to two years. Regardless of timeline, 78% of security professionals said their policies would need to be changed because of 5G, according to the report. 

Top 5G security concerns 

To help professionals understand potential new threats, the report identified the following major security concerns surrounding 5G:

1. Larger attack surface due to the massive increase in connectivity (44%)
2. Greater number…