The 5G mobile radio standard still needs to be improved. Image: europeansanctions.com
Oct. 10, 2018 (TechXplore) -- Researchers in the Information Security Group subjected the upcoming 5G mobile communication standard to a comprehensive security analysis. Their conclusion: data protection is improved in comparison with the previous standards 3G and 4G. However, security gaps are still present.
Two-thirds of the world's population, about five billion people, use smartphones or other mobile devices on a daily basis. They connect to the mobile network via their SIM cards and make calls, send texts, swap pictures, or make payments and purchases. For mobile providers, the business is worth billions. But not just for them. Again and again, criminals have been able to access the communication between a device and a network in order to intercept conversations or steal data.
The fifth and newest mobile communication generation promises users significantly more security than before. In order to guarantee security, key factors must be considered: the device and network must be able to authenticate each other, and the confidentiality of the data exchange and the privacy of the user concerning identity and location must be guaranteed.