ENISA 5G Threat Landscape Report Updated to Enhance 5G Security

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) published an updated version of its 5G threat assessment report to address advancements in the areas of fifth generation of mobile telecommunications networks (5G) and to contribute to the implementation of the EU 5G toolbox cybersecurity risk mitigating measures.
The new ENISA Threat Landscape for 5G Networks report is a major update of the previous edition as it captures recent developments in 5G standardisation. The publication includes a vulnerability analysis, which examines the exposure of 5G components. The analysis explores how cyber threats can exploit vulnerabilities and how technical security controls can help mitigate risks.
European Union Agency for Cybersecurity Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar explained: “By providing regular threat assessments, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity materialises its support to the EU cybersecurity ecosystem.  This work is part of our continuous contribution to securing 5G, a key infrastructure for the years to come.”
The New Threat Landscape includes:
- An updated system architecture of 5G, indicating introduced novelties and assessed security considerations;
- A detailed vulnerability analysis of all relevant 5G assets, including their exposure to threats;
- A mapping of related security controls aiming at the reduction of threat surface;
- An update of the relevant threats in accordance with their exploitation potential of the assessed vulnerabilities;
- The consideration of implementation options – migration paths from 4G to 5G infrastructures;
- The development of a process map showing the contribution of operational, life cycle and security assurance processes to the overall security of 5G infrastructures;
- A new inventory of critical components.
The information produced for this report is based on publicly available content published by 5G market players (operators, vendors, and national and international organisations), standardisation groups and bodies (for example: 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP); International Telecommunications Union (ITU); European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI); International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO); the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA)).

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