GWTCA Releases 5G IoT Cybersecurity White Paper
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Comments

The newly formed Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA) released a white paper on 5G cybersecurity. The focus of the paper is on security concerns for the internet of things (IoT) operating in a 5G network.

GWTCA is a nonprofit trade association created to advocate on behalf of government and non-government users of wireless technology and communications in the public service industries, such as public transit.

To provide enhanced security, in the new perimeter created by IoT, developers and vendors must inform the end users to change the default passwords in their IoT-connected systems.

GWTCA advocates for the following in the paper:
• Instill situational awareness in consumers concerning the cyber dangers associated with IoT-connected devices, to include public forums and webinars
• Integrate security into the IoT devices from inception using the information systems security engineering practices
• Establish a test center for authenticating that security is a part of any new device planning to be connected to IoT
• Coordinate efforts and standards with federal agencies

“GWTCA looks forward to discussing these issues with the wireless industry and implementing solutions to ensure a secure and robust 5G wireless buildout,” the paper said.

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