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Atos 5Guard improves organizations’ 5G security posture

Atos has introduced its new ‘5Guard’ security offering for organizations looking to deploy private 5G networks as well as telecom operators seeking to enable integrated, automated, and orchestrated security to protect and defend their assets and customers.

With customers looking to improve their 5G security posture, Atos’ offering aims to assist organizations in identifying risks and developing an end-to-end security strategy to protect critical business and data and accelerate their digital transformation.

Zeina Zakhour, VP & CTO of Digital Security at Atos stated, “While 5G can be a game-changer for organizations, we want them to be able to streamline their security deployment and configuration process in their specific 5G environment.

Our 5Guard cutting-edge offering represents our commitment to providing the highest level of security for organizations looking to deploy private 5G networks and for telecom operators.”

Atos’ 5Guard offering includes:

  • Through Atos’ consulting capabilities, assist in defining a 5G security strategy. Atos assists clients in assessing their systems, designs, and architectures, and then provides strategic recommendations based on the security capabilities of the infrastructure, architecture, and components, in accordance with security standards, frameworks, and regulations. Atos’ strategic recommendations address customers’ business requirements based on risk tolerance.
  • 5G data and network security solutions to address identified risks and security gaps, leveraging best-of-breed 5G security vendors and Atos’ proprietary technological building blocks.
  • Atos’ product portfolio includes encryption solutions (Trustway); identity and access management software; public critical infrastructure solutions (IDnomic); and the Atos Managed Detection and Response (MDR) platform, which strengthens 5G network elements, applications, and workloads security by detecting and responding to potential threats in real-time.
  • Fortinet’s 5G security solutions provide comprehensive security for user and control planes, application and platform protection, exposure security, and multi-tenant security.
  • 5G security operations for multi-cloud security, detection, and response, and 5G network security, based on Atos managed security services.

For organizations looking to deploy fully featured and secure 4G LTE and 5G private networks, 5Guard can also be integrated with Atos’ private secure radio network system, Lifelink.

John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet commented, “We are delighted to collaborate with Atos in delivering their ‘5Guard’ 5G security offering. Fortinet solutions provide cybersecurity capabilities for private and public 5G networks and services and enable greater trust and compliance. By interfacing with Atos’ managed security services, we provide a comprehensive solution that protects 5G networks, 5G-enabled industrial environments, and 5G services, for the benefit of the ecosystem.”

Protecting Your Privacy in the Era of 5G

The adoption of 5G technology has opened a wide range of new possibilities for advancement and innovation in the areas of connectivity and communication. 5G has the potential to revolutionize how we communicate, work, and handle large amounts of data at faster speeds than ever before. But new cybersecurity risks and privacy worries come along with this new technology.

The fifth generation of wireless technology, or 5G, offers higher capacity, lower latency, and faster internet speeds than 4G. It operates by using radio waves with a higher frequency, which enables the transmission of more data over the air. With more available bandwidth, data can be downloaded and uploaded more quickly, and high-definition video and audio can stream more smoothly. Additionally, 5G’s low latency enables real-time communication between devices, enabling the use of services like virtual reality and autonomous vehicles that need a quick and dependable connection.

5G and Potential Cybersecurity Risks

One of the most serious security concerns with 5G is the possibility of increased cyber-attacks. The surface area for potential attacks is much larger now, as more devices and applications are connected to the network. This makes it easier for hackers to exploit flaws and steal sensitive data. Furthermore, 5G technology is still in its early stages, and many security measures are yet to be fully developed, making it more vulnerable to attacks.

The use of small cell stations, which are required for the rollout of 5G technology, is another issue. Because these small cell stations are both smaller in size and several in number than the conventional cell towers, they can be positioned closer to the end users. While this enables faster and more dependable connectivity, it also makes them more vulnerable to tampering and hacking. Additionally, a large number of these small cell stations are internet-connected, making them susceptible to cyberattacks that could bring down the entire network.

Major privacy concerns in 5G

Privacy is yet another important issue with 5G technology. With 5G, it is now possible to gather, store, and process enormous amounts of data in real-time due to its increased speed and capacity. Sensitive information about people’s locations, online behaviors, and personal particulars may be included in this data.

Another concern of privacy is data protection at endpoints such as mobile devices and IoT devices. Because they are frequently connected to the internet and can be used to access sensitive information, these devices are the most vulnerable. These new connected environments will introduce new vulnerabilities, which, if not properly secured, will have unintended consequences. Because these devices will not necessarily be connected to a central network in the traditional hub-spoke model, attacks on them are unavoidable. Every device in the security chain has the potential to become vulnerable as billions of IoT devices are connected across a mesh edge environment, endangering the entire enterprise and its customers’ businesses.

Effective security measures

Organizations must be aware of these risks and prepare to take the necessary precautions to address them. Furthermore, it is essential that you keep software and devices up to date with the most recent security updates and patches. This will help to reduce the likelihood of vulnerabilities being exploited by hackers. Another way to improve security is to use virtual private networks (VPNs) when connecting to the internet via 5G. VPNs establish a secure, encrypted connection between your device and the internet, preventing sensitive information from being intercepted. To prevent unauthorized access, it is critical to implement strong security measures on these devices, such as biometric authentication and encryption.

It is extremely crucial to have strong security measures in place to protect privacy. This includes data encryption over the network, secure user authentication, and the ability to detect and respond to potential threats in real-time. Furthermore, organizations must be open about what data they collect, how it is used, and with whom it is shared.

Moving Ahead

5G technology is a major step forward in terms of internet connectivity and communication. However, with this new technology comes new risks to security and privacy. It is essential that both individuals and organizations are informed about these risks and take precautions to stay safe. This includes being cautious about what information they share online, using encryption, and being vigilant about potential threats. By being informed and proactive, we can ensure that we enjoy the benefits of 5G technology while protecting our privacy and security.