5G vulnerable? Analyst says not to worry

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Communications industry analyst Roger Entner believes the current concerns surrounding the vulnerabilities of 5G will be solved as the technology is in its infancy. (Pixabay)

Dire warning of security issues in the current 5G protocol does not bother one analyst, who is confident the issues will be worked through.

Roger Entner, a communications industry expert and founder at Recon Analytics, said in an interview with FierceElectronics, “Considering how nascent 5G is, I’m sure they will fix the protocols. 5G is inherently more secure, as they have had time to check bugs that afflicted 4G.”

“We’re still early on,” added Entner. “Once the networks are in testing, they are finding vulnerabilities. Windows has bugs, so does Mac OS, so does everything else. Telecom has become like IT and software.”

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RELATED: 5G protocol is not secure, according to researchers

A number of reports in recent months have exposed flaws in the 5G protocol. One recent report, by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa, has found nearly a dozen security breaches in the 5G protocol. Vulnerabilities uncovered include the ability to broadcast phony emergency alerts to phones in a given area, and the ability to run denial-of-service systems to prevent phones from accessing their designated networks.

Once 5G arrives, Entner expects the protocol to be around a long time.

“6G is a good decade away. Every G is between 7 and 10 years. Building networks is only the first start. Multiple evolutions will occur on these networks.”

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