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Security Risks Grow with 5G

By Ed Sperling, SemiEngineering

Explosion of data in motion raises serious challenges for chipmakers.

5G mobile phones can download a movie in seconds rather than minutes, but whether that can be done securely remains to be seen.


“It’s important to understand vulnerabilities and their relation to hardware and software bugs,” said John Hallman, product manager for trust and security at OneSpin Solutions, a Siemens Business. “Once a hacker discovers these weak points in the hardware, software, or systems, they can be leveraged to become a beachhead for hackers to launch an attack. That is why you want to harden your chips to minimize cyber risk. You also want to take the layered approach in your design so that one single attack will not compromise your entire network. The tasks of cybersecurity are never done. You need to hunt for suspicious malware, update, and verify your system on an ongoing basis.”


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