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Software, Supply-Chain Dangers Top List of 5G Cyber Risks

October 15, 2019

The proliferation of software within 5G networks is one of the top security challenges facing the next generation of mobile networks, according to a report out this week from the European Union.

5G networks are fundamentally different than prior wireless networks in that they are largely software-defined and virtualized; network functions, historically defined in hardware, become virtual software capabilities in 5G, all orchestrated via a flexible software control plane. Even the air interfaces in the radio access network (RAN) are software-defined in 5G.

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