The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its 5G Strategy, ensuring the federal government and its many states, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners are as secure as possible when the 5G technology arrives.
CISA developed the 5G Strategy based on the recommendations established by the Prague Proposals. The agency’s document hoped to expand on how the US Government would secure 5G infrastructure both in the country and abroad.
“As we look to implement 5G into our nation’s networks and critical infrastructure, it is important we work to address potential risks that come with 5G deployment. That is where my agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), comes in. CISA leads the national effort to enhance the security, resilience, and reliability of our cyber and physical infrastructure,” said CISA Director Christopher Krebs.
Ensuring resilient 5G deployment
The agency created the 5G Strategy to promote secure and robust 5G deployment by leading the efforts to identify, analyze, prioritize, and manage risks that may surface. Through the 5G Strategy, CISA also aimed to engage its partners in addressing 5G challenges. The agency also wanted to help update and develop tools to support its stakeholders with aspects of secure 5G deployment.
“The promise of 5G is undeniable, but with 5G technology posed to underpin a wide range of critical infrastructure functions, it’s vital that we manage these risks adequately and promote a trusted ecosystem of 5G componentry,” Krebs said in a press release.
In line with the National Strategy to Secure 5G, CISA established five core strategic initiatives to advance the deployment of a secure and resilient 5G infrastructure.
Each initiative caters to critical risks to secure 5G deployment. These risks included physical security concerns, threat actors’ attempts to influence the architecture and design of the 5G network, and vulnerabilities within the 5G supply chain. The increased attack surface for malicious actors was also addressed by the initiatives.
The five strategic initiatives
Here are the five strategic initiatives slated in CISA’s 5G Strategy:
5G networks would change the way we communicate, opening new ways to connect and interact. However, these developments would also introduce significant risks, threatening national and economic security. These risks would also impact other national and global interests.
CISA’s 5G Strategy and its five strategic initiatives hoped to secure the federal government and its stakeholders once this exciting new technology arrives.
To learn more about CISA’s 5G Strategy, go to https://www.cisa.gov/ .
Author: Ericka Pingol