Why every company is so concerned with 5G smartphone

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Security issues at multiple levels are giving systems security manager’s sleepless nights.  Humans have always been fearful of change, especially big changes. When mobile phones first rose to popularity, they were feared because of certain misconceptions. Two to five decades down the line, mobile phones have been ubiquitous.

Similarly, the arrival of 5G as a mass consumed service is being anticipated with great trepidation from IT security teams in most companies. However, their fears seem to be more legit than the original argument against the use of mobile phones. Let us explore what security heads are concerned about.

Companies are concerned that 5G network architecture is such that user privacy can be easily compromised. Their concerns do not come as a surprise, especially among growing concerns that “we are being spied on” by users across the world.

For example, the Vivo V20 Pro 5G mobile is being anticipated with great excitement, but how safe is it in terms of your privacy and other areas of security? The consensus seems to be that 5G has a long road to travel before it is ready in terms of security.

For example, IT departments at companies are worried about flash network traffic (with a ton of end users) that is expected to be a characteristic of 5G mobiles. They feel like this could create service and supply bottlenecks that are easy to attack.

A lack of cryptographic integrity protection for the user data plane is also found to be worrisome. This simply means that the coded protection that was given to user communication is compromised. Additionally, 5G-ready security systems for apps, configuration data and operating systems on phones is cited as lacking by some experts.

Companies are also wary of 5G mobiles because the experts point to unencrypted control channels.  In general, control channels appear to represent a hole in security preparedness — they lack some necessary layers of security. In layman’s terms, this puts the user at the same level of risk as they would be at if they were using public Wi-Fi. Basically, it is just more prone to attacks.

Other issues cited by security heads at companies include the fact that current suppliers (or your network/cell service providers) are controlled by certain laws and are therefore accountable. With the arrival or 5G and potentially new players, how does the law protect companies and citizens? Apparently, service-driven constraints on the security architecture of 5G means that service providers will go with optional use of security measures.

These security concerns are not the same as the US government accusing Chinese smartphone manufacturers of selling data of their customers to corporations. 5G, according to naysayers at least, just gives any sufficiently savvy third party back-door access to your data. IT heads are also concerned that in order to keep up with this evolving technology, companies themselves will need to upgrade their infrastructure.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be concerned about money if you want the Vivo V20 Pro 5G or any other 5G mobile that catches your fancy, among the wide selection at the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. You can use your Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card to pay for your device on EMIs. Get your Vivo V20 Pro 5G mobile today, and pay for it over the next few months in installments that suit your pocket.

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