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New security challenges await 5G planners, say APAC experts

New security challenges await 5G planners, say APAC experts (Emerging Threats)

As 5G networks are rolled out across ASEAN next year, a broad range of new cyber security threats will emerge, many of which will be different from the ones seen in 3G/4G networks, a panel of cyber security experts has warned. Speaking on a forum at the Future of cyber security convention in Kuala Lumpur on 20 June 2019, Abid Adam, chief information security officer of Axiata Group, noted that the roll-out of 5G is guaranteed to bring about new attack vectors that target not only the network, but also consumers through new applications. The security executive for the regional telco group argued that 5G goes beyond voice and connectivity, but because the technology is expected to be adopted by enterprises in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and automotive, cyber security must be looked into more holistically than before. “What really changes in cyber security for 5G is in the way the network is set up,” said Abid.

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