5 Service Provider Security Considerations to 5G / IoT Security

As 5G begins to roll out, mobile network architectures are undergoing radical changes, with enterprise-ready applications and services moving rapidly to the mobile edge.

5G Technology Promises
transformative mobility and enables industrial digitization at scale.
Expected cellular IoT connections by 20241
Worth of operator revenues by 20252

The opportunity is huge, but so are the risks. The massive IoT connected services landscape provides an easy gateway for new security vulnerabilities and threat vectors in mobile networks.

Security in 5G Requires A New Approach

Keep these security considerations in mind for a holistic and transformative approach to security across your mobile network.

  • 1
    Adopt a preventive approach to security
    Institute Layer 7 visibility and precise control at all layers – user control and signaling
  • 2
    Increase levels of security automation
    Incorporate cloud-based threat prevention to enable swift response to known/unknown threats
  • 3
    Establish contextual security outcomes
    Correlate user and device IDs to threats for surgical mitigation of botnet attacks
  • 4
    Integrate security functions with open APIs
    Simplify operations by ensuring your security functions can work together
  • 5
    Enforce consistent security across the entire network
    Deploy a cloud-ready NFV platform with feature parity across software and hardware form factors

Secure your high-value mobile networks to capitalize on the business and economic benefits of a 5G-enabled digital economy.



1. “Ericsson Mobility Report,” Ericsson, November 2018
2. “The 5G era,” GSMA, 2017
3. “Heavy Reading’s 2019 5G Security Survey,” Heavy Reading, February 2019
4. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 Threat Research, March 2019
5. “New IOT-malware grew three-fold in H1 2018,” Kaspersky, September 2018