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Assessing security vulnerabilities in 5G Private Networks

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  • Published on 8 Feb 2021
  • Last modified 25 Feb 2021
The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are conducting an engagement with industry, academia, government, technical authorities, standards bodies and wider public sector to assess potential security challenges in 5G Private Networks.

The team involved is engaged with the UK5G Security Working Group and have requested that the five questions below are circulated to the UK5G Innovation Network as a whole. We would welcome your engagement to ensure DCMS have the best understanding of the 5G Private Network security environment to shape policy thinking and guide good practice.

UK Government call for comments by 26th February

We would be grateful if you could restrict your answers to a maximum of 1000 words (2 sides of A4) and return your comments by end of play on 26th February to this email address.

  1. What are the priority security challenges the UK Government and industry should be addressing in the 5G private network ecosystem?
  2. What are the positive security attributes of 5G private networks? Do you see these as a differentiator for 5G?
  3. The 5G private network use cases are diverse across multiple sectors. How might the UK drive the adoption of good practice?
  4. Security of 5G networks is a priority for the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, what more could the programme do to support creating secure and resilient private 5G networks in the UK?
  5. Thinking about the relationship between public and private 5G networks, are there specific security challenges that arise from them co-existing in the ecosystem?

Please email responses to: security (at) uk5g (dot) org

The understanding gained will be used to shape policy, guide good practice and ensure that the opportunities of 5G to drive social value and our economy are supported by enabling security.

The DCMS 5G Test and Trial (5GTT) programme is responsible for this engagement and it is intended that an initial report will be generated by 31st March 2021.

The outputs of the survey will be discussed by the UK5G Security Working Group.