Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 43 - Page 67

t cht lk 5G NETWORKS FACE CHALLENGING SECURITY ISSUES The expansion of 5G networks has seen a dramatic growth in network traffic which will impact security and reliability more than ever before. Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Vice President of Sales – MENA at A10 Networks, tells Intelligent CIO that it is security issues, not COVID-19, that challenges the commercial deployment of 5G networks. Since the beginning of the current pandemic, false and unsubstantiated rumours of 5G and its impact on people’s health have been prevalent in social media. Phone masts have reportedly been damaged or destroyed in several European countries. The scale of the problem prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN agency which is leading the response to the pandemic, to add the 5G conspiracy to its COVID-19 myth busters article, which highlighted that ‘viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.’ In the midst of this controversy, A10 Networks released a report entitled, Toward a More Secure 5G World, which highlighted how COVID-19 may result in some shortterm delays for operators, but ultimately it demonstrates a global need for higher speed, higher capacity 5G networks and the applications and use cases they enable. The study also found that 81% believe industry progress toward 5G is moving rapidly, mostly in major markets, or is at least in line with expectations. While the report shows 5G adoption is scaling rapidly, one of the main concerns from the report was surrounding cybersecurity. “ SERVICE PROVIDERS NEED HIGHLY COST-EFFICIENT SECURITY SOLUTIONS THAT OFFER FLEXIBILITY, SCALABILITY AND PROTECTION AS THEY EVOLVE THEIR NETWORKS TO 5G. INTELLIGENTCIO 67