As next-gen mobile networks provide higher speeds and lower latency, the way we use technology is set to change dramatically. While improved connectivity introduces new challenges and risks, cybersecurity leaders will also have a front-row seat to fascinating developments and opportunities for increased safety and security across devices.
According to a recent Ericsson report, security is fundamental to next-gen mobile networks. Independent security expert Rod Soto, who studies the intricacies of future mobile networks, says the new technology introduces enhanced capabilities—such as improved monitoring and visibility of devices—that may not be feasible today due to bandwidth limitations. “It can also help improve security by applying network slicing and keeping connected devices out of reach of the general internet and unintended parties,” he said.
Chief information officers should be mindful, however, that new mobile technologies do not necessarily solve past security challenges and may indeed introduce a new level of vulnerability if not implemented securely. If organizations approach the next-gen mobile era with risk awareness and smart device management, they can then begin to reap the benefits of stronger, safer networks.