The Security Sub-Group (SSG) to the Testbeds and Trials Working Group (T&T WG) has been initiated to help address 5G security challenges.
One of the key learnings from the initial use case activities was the identification of a range of 5G security challenges, these were captured in the 5G Network Architecture and Security report in December 2018. Since then, DCMS has delivered the Telecoms Supply Chain Review (SCR) which highlighted further 5G security challenges and made recommendations for a strategic policy response in the form of a new telecoms security framework. This is currently been developed collaboratively with DCMS, NCSC, Ofcom and industry.
Good security is one of the key enablers for delivering the economic benefits of 5G, ensuring that potential users of these networks trust and have confidence in them. The security landscape is complex and evolving, so to deliver a safe, secure and resilient 5G ecosystem even greater coordination across industry and government will be needed.
The UK5G testbeds will continue to be important proving grounds for developing 5G business models and carrying out research on 5G technologies. Testbeds therefore present a fantastic opportunity to develop and test security principles and policies, at scale, across a range of use cases, as well as to identify security gaps, solve security problems and showcase good end to end security practices. This will lead to higher confidence in 5G networks and support the roll out of 5G in the UK.
The call for applications is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, 21st February. We will inform successful applicants by the end of February.
Further details including the group Term of Reference and timeline of next steps can be found here.