The mobile industry has already come a long way. As technology continues to evolve, the mobile generations have also continued to progress alongside with it. From the first generation mobile networks that helped users through analog phones to the fourth generation that a lot of people have enjoyed from, the next mobile generation is already making waves in the technology industry.
The Evolution of Mobile Networks
Communication has become an integral part of humanity. The world has now backboned in the art of communication. The world has also seen how communication grows through its mobile technology. The first generation (1G) of mobile networks, that was first introduced in Japan during the late 1970s, and despite an unreliable system and several issues, it has phone calls possible.
Second-generation (2G) was a bit advance when compared to the 1st mobile network as it already runs in digital waves and has improved a lot in terms of signal and capacity. Users were now able to send SMS to other people. MMS or Multimedia Messaging and email have become available in this network. The third-generation (3G) of mobile network standardized web connectivity and increase in data transfer capabilities that made video conference possible.
The fourth-gen (4G) that is widely used these days, along with 3G, made high-quality video streaming available for millions of users around the world.
The Next Mobile Generation
As the new era started this year, the world is now anticipating the next mobile network. 5G or 5th generation mobile network is the latest standard in the mobile network designed to virtually connect people and everything, including machines, devices, and objects. Experts refer to it as “The Internet of Things” era as it will seamlessly connect billions of devices.
It is boasting of its ability to give high-speed and ultra-low latency wireless service. It also seeks to provide a 400x faster data speed. 5G is more capable of the air interface and expected to make a significant impact on different industries like healthcare, transportation, agriculture, and logistics, among others.
However, as this technology is starting to flourish, possible threats have also come into the light.
The Future Mobile Threat Prevention
5G will open a lot of opportunities in the mobile industry, along with all the threats that may come with it. The launch of the 5G network will breed vulnerabilities when it comes to cybersecurity. While it is still not widely used because infrastructures are yet to be put in place, many cybersecurity experts are raising possible concerns in the 5G network. Here are some ways to prevent possible attacks in the newest mobile network technology.
- Cybersecurity Within The 5G Mobile Technology
Securing the 5G network should be the first step in keeping at bay all the possible threats. Large network providers around the globe who are part of building the latest innovation in mobile communication have pledged to keep cybersecurity a top priority. However, small and medium-sized internet providers that most give connection to most of the remote areas and rural places around the globe will face a more significant challenge in implementing this.
Having tight security in each provider is a must to secure that no cybercriminal can be found lurking in this network. While this applies to big enterprises and leading organizations, those companies with a fewer number of employees and do not have a big budget to stretch will likely omit this but continue to deliver 5g services. This situation can create a loophole that might put a lot of people connected at risk.
No matter the size of the company is, securing the 5G mobile itself should be the topmost priority of internet providers.
- Leverage on AI and ML protection
The roles of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the 5G mobile network are undeniably strong. As the 5G network will connect billions of devices around the world without any human intervention, it will be dependent on the technology of AI and ML.
As cyberattacks on the newest network will be software attacks, leaning on AI-powered cybersecurity solutions will be the best option as it will continue to update and adjust to whatever environment it is in.
- Staying On The Loop
Whatever knowledge a user has right now in keeping cybercriminals at bay may not be applicable when it comes to 5G technologies. Staying informed of the latest and emerging best practices can be the best line of defense for any possible attack.
- Fight Underinvestment in SMEs
Big companies and enterprises that can afford to keep an army of IT professionals, invest heavily in cybersecurity. However, for small business enterprises, this remains to be a challenge because of the lack of resources and capacity to invest in a dedicated cybersecurity team. This reason makes SMEs susceptible to cyberattacks. As the next mobile generation comes with a higher bandwidth that will connect devices, substantial security is needed.
This challenge is not limited to SMEs alone; strong cybersecurity should also be implemented in smart homes to avoid cybersecurity risks if not to eradicate it.
Mobile technology shows no sign of stopping as it continues to evolve. While this may mean better options and better service for people who rely entirely on these technologies, the risk for cybersecurity goes alongside with it.
Though the 5G network is still on the rise and is just about to create an impact in today’s world, prevention for threats that are associated with it can now be put into practice. Building this newest mobile network with a weak cybersecurity foundation can hinder its full potential.