5G promises to usher in the next generation of
consumer, enterprise, and industrial technology.
Among the other profound benefits it offers the global
economy, 5G will realize the vision and potential of
the Internet of Things (IoT). Advancements in 5G
technology are expected to enable exponential growth
in accessible autonomy and smarter infrastructure
that will likely become foundational to our way of life
over the next decade and beyond.
However, increased reliance on new technologies
brings with it new threats. The possibility of a smart
city shutting down, autonomous vehicles crashing,
or factories going dark due to a cyber attack is a
frightening proposition. 5G technology is a complex
system involving hundreds of vendors, winding global
supply chains, and the gamut of security threats.
Thus, national security, global trade, and international
competitiveness are all potentially impacted. If
suppliers of 5G technology were to have secret or
overt access to the infrastructure they are providing,
there is considerable concern that they could be
persuaded to use that access as leverage in times of
peace, or perhaps something far more ominous in
times of conflict.
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