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5G PROMISES TRANSFORMATIVE MOBILITY & INDUSTRY 4.0 ACCELERATION
4G LTE satisfies the need for faster mobile broadband connectivity and better user experiences, but the ongoing transition to new fifth-generation networks, or 5G, far exceeds in its potential to fundamentally change the way we live.
Not limited to simply enabling the next phase of enhanced mobile connectivity, 5G will spark an unprecedented wave of innovation that will transform how businesses and industries operate.
Fourth industrial revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0, has already arrived. However, its actualization will be largely dependent upon advanced mobile wireless connectivity made possible with 5G-supported enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communication (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC).
With industries moving toward automation and hyperscale, a wide range of use cases such as massive IoT, mission-critical IoT, smart cities, smart grids, and smart factories—to name a few—are on their way to coming into reality with 5G—the single most powerful enabler of ubiquitous connectivity between users, devices, machines, and systems.
As connected business models continue to emerge out of 5G and the cloud, you must prepare to deliver novel up-to-the-minute digital experiences across multiple consumer segments.
5G is use case driven and will enable Industry 4.0 requirements of massive connectivity with ultra-reliability and ultra-low latency
The market opportunity with 5G-enabled industry 4.0 innovation is massive. But to live up to its potential, your mobile network requires a wide variety of advanced security safeguards to safely deliver 5G-powered applications and services.
Prepare for Your Move up the Value Chain
New 5G-powered services economy will allow mobile network operators to capitalize on new market opportunities by remodeling their network architectures to become purpose-built to accelerate industry 4.0 requirements.
The core value proposition of current 4G LTE mobile network operators is to provision wireless communication services, such as voice, video, and data to businesses and end users.
However, owing to the power of 5G in heralding systemic changes in a multitude of industry ecosystems, service providers now have the ability to redefine their business models and innovate on their own value proposition.
From being known simply as providers of wireless connectivity to establishing themselves as the mainstay of the Industry 4.0 revolution, in the new era of 5G, mobile network operators have the opportunity to move up the value chain and capitalize on net-new opportunities of revenue generation.
Expansive in Scope, 5G Threat Vectors Are Wide & Multi-Faceted
Threats from Mobile Devices
A botnet infecting a large number of mobile devices—especially those running on Android operating systems—can cause application layer (Layer 7) attacks and signaling storms on the evolved packet core (EPC).
Threats from IoT Devices
Multiple interconnected IoT devices are even more complex to secure. Vulnerable to intensified weaponization with botnets and control by malicious command and control (C&C) servers, they can be used to launch signaling storms and targeted attacks on critical infrastructure.
Evolving network architectural changes vastly impact 5G security postures that mobile operators are required to adopt in their journey to 5G.
Threats from the Internet
The IP-based service architectures of 5G networks make them a prime target of attacks common over the internet. An application layer (Layer 7) attack launched over the internet can severely derail the availability of 5G services. Not to mention, zero-day attacks launched from a web browser leave no opportunity for detection and are impossible to prevent using standard blacklisting approaches.
Threats from Roaming Networks
Roaming IoT services are expected to bring in 20-30% of service revenues to operators by 20204 with average data traffic between network-to-network roaming partners in mobile networks to exceed 1GB per subscriber5. GTP and SCTP/SS7/Diameter vulnerabilities present a growing attack surface mostly aimed at causing signaling storms and DoS attacks caused by malware-infected weaponized IoT devices. The attacks impair mobile networks with outages, congestion, and subscriber service disruption.
Expansive in Scope, 5G Threat Vectors Are Wide & Multi-Faceted
Security Challenges to Network Slices
As more end-to-end network slices will be portioned out to support specific use cases in the 5G-enabled era, the number of successful attack vectors will potentially increase by opening up entry points into multiple individual network slices. Network slices can be vulnerable to denial of service (DoS) attacks by bad actors if security measures that detect anomalous behavior in a network slice are not implemented.
Security Challenges to Multi-Access Edge Clouds
Tracking the threat landscape becomes more challenging when talking about securing edge clouds, where core network functions, content, and applications are distributed across multiple virtual machines or data centers, and large volumes of data are cached closer to end users and connected devices. Edge clouds potentially provide sophisticated bad actors numerous malware injection points into the network to which the ever-growing volume of mobile and IoT devices eventually connect.
Introducing K2-Series by
Palo Alto Networks
Cybersecurity Industry’s First “5G-Ready” Next-Generation Firewall
Keeping your 5G and IoT security requirements in mind, Palo Alto Networks K2-Series 5G-ready Next-Generation Firewalls have been specifically developed for mobile network deployments. To keep pace with the ever-expanding volume of application, user, and device-generated data, the K2-Series is designed for high performance to deliver advanced threat prevention capabilities to secure your mobile network from end to end.
Configurable to meet the requirements of securing your existing 4G networks together with future 5G and IoT deployments, the K2-Series firewalls include all of our PA-5200 and PA-7000 series appliances for physical deployments as well as our portfolio of VM-Series Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls designed for deployment in a wide range of NFV environments.
Benefit from the Unique Advantages of Deploying K2-Series Next-Generation Firewalls into Your Mobile Network
Unprecedented visibility and threat controls across RAN, EPC, Roaming, and Narrowband IoT
Dynamic insertion of security policies for full context sharing with network function orchestrators
Automated IMSI/IMEI threat correlation to all GTP inspection logs
Cloud-ready NFV offering for consistent security enforcement across physical and virtual network locations
Automated security with cloud-based threat analytics powered by AI/ML techniques
Deployment flexibility with both legacy 4G LTE and 5G with wide support of networking features
Safely Deliver 5G-Powered Services
Secure Your Entire Mobile Network with K2-Series Next-Generation Firewalls
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1 - 2019 Ericsson Mobility Report
2 - 2019 Ericsson Mobility Report
3 - GSMA
4 - Mobile Network Operator survey on Roaming Internet of Things
5 - Mobile Roaming: Regulations, Opportunities & Emerging Sectors 2017-2022