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By Maxine Holt, Senior Research Director & Tanner Johnson, Senior Analyst, Connectivity & IoT


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While organizations’ and individuals’ innate desire for greater access to data appears unquenchable, the protection and security of that information is frequently an afterthought. The very foundations of the infrastructure for the modern internet were not built with security in mind, and thus these measures have often been introduced in an inefficient and piecemeal manner. The speed of technological advancements, along with demands surrounding time-to-market for new products and services under the umbrella of “digital transformation,” means that this approach lingers. Efforts to build security into a system after its creation gives rise to complex security challenges that are often more costly and time consuming than baking it into the development process. The sheer scale of 5G functionality demands that this habit is broken prior to the global adoption and implementation of 5G connectivity.


Key messages in this report:

  • 5G offers countless opportunities for further digitalization, which itself has been underway for many years.
  • Comprehensive assurance in security is essential throughout the entire ecosystem in the 5G era – from IoT devices to 5G networks, through to regulation and operations.
  • Collaboration and coordination is demanded from all parties involved, as well as regular assessments to meet evolving threats
Omdia Security Transparence & Assurance in a 5G World whitepaper cover

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