CTIA Launches 5G Security Test Bed for Commercial 5G Networks

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2022 / PRNewswire / – CTIA today announced the launch of its 5G Security Test Bed (STB), a security test and validation initiative for commercial 5G networks. CTIA developed the STB in collaboration with wireless, technology and science organizations to test 5G security recommendations under real-world conditions using off-the-shelf equipment and facilities. The founding members of the 5G security test bench – AT&T, Ericsson, T-Mobile, UScellular, MITER and the University of Maryland (UMD) – Contribute invaluable industry knowledge that strengthens STB’s ability to improve the wireless security ecosystem and ensure strong protection on 5G networks.

5G is the safest generation of wireless technology that is equipped with improved protection functions from the ground up. The STB was created to build on that foundation, test use cases, make recommendations, and further strengthen the security of 5G for consumers, businesses, and governments to use.

Led by industry leaders, guided by government priorities, and managed by CTIA, the test bed is the latest in a series of steps the industry has taken to make 5G the most secure network ever. The founding members developed the initiative through their participation in the CTIA’s Cybersecurity Working Group, which brings together the world’s leading telecommunications and technology companies to assess and address the present and future of cybersecurity.

The STB mainly focuses on reviewing the recommendations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII for 5G networks. The STB will also serve as a valuable industry resource for CSRIC VIII, which focuses on 5G security, which launched in June and includes CTIA SVP and CTO Tom Sawanobori among its members.

“This initiative will complement and support the FCC’s 5G security efforts, validate its recommendations, and demonstrate 5G security capabilities, with cross-industry groups working together to test use cases and products on an actual 5G network with real hardware and software,” said Sawanobori.

The initial test bed configuration, created with Ericsson devices, reflects the initial setup for most 5G networks – a 5G radio access network is connected to a 4G core to create a 5G non-standalone network (NSA) to create. In 2022, the configuration of the STB will be switched to a 5G standalone network (SA) with a 5G core that will allow testing of 5G SA use cases.

The STB is located in a secure laboratory facility on University of Marylandwho use personnel with extensive wireless security experience. The core wireless network is hosted in Northern Virginia from MITER, a non-profit research and development company.

The 5G security test bench reviews and recommendations cover topics that will help transform cities, governments and industries. Applications include autonomous vehicles, immersive augmented reality and virtual reality, automated factory operations, private 5G networks for businesses, and much more.

5G STB member quotes
“We are excited to have a security testing network that is vital to the success of 5G. These efforts build on ongoing work in standards bodies such as 3GPP and will allow the industry to demonstrate 5G security in a real-life way. “Word setting for consumers, businesses and governments.” Chris Boyer, VP, Global Security and Technology Policy, AT&T

“Ericsson has worked closely with operators to provide the latest equipment to deploy secure 5G networks and devices across the country. We are excited to play an important role in this next critical step in ensuring robust 5G security for all users, must have secure and resilient end-to-end communications while maintaining the trust and integrity of its supply chain . Ericsson prides itself on being such a trusted supplier as we bring a majority of its next generation devices from our 5G smart factory in Lewisville, TX and services from across the US “—Jason Boswell, VP and Head of End-to-End Security, Ericsson North America

“5G is the most secure generation of wireless networks yet, and we aim to improve this protection even further. We are pleased that the 5G security test environment provides an environment to assess potential threats to 5G security that have been voiced by security researchers. “- Drew Morin, Director, Federal Cyber ​​Security Technology and Engineering Programs, T-Mobile

“The work of this collaborative group to evaluate and validate assumptions is important in protecting the integrity and security of 5G data. We look forward to contributing to the security of 5G for consumers, businesses and governments now and as a technology. “Moving on.” – Narothum Saxena, Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture, UScellR.

“Securing 5G networks is a nationwide problem with a significant impact on our economic and national security, which requires cooperation between industry and government. Ensuring the security of the next generation of wireless networks and democratic values ​​will be an invaluable basis for further innovation. “- Charles Clancy, Senior Vice President, General Manager and Chief Futurist, MITER Labs

“At UMD, we pride ourselves on educating the next generation of engineering leaders and conducting research that improves the performance and security of networks and devices. This industry collaboration greatly improves our ability to achieve these goals.” – Wayne Phoel, Ph.D., visiting scientist, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland

For more information on the 5G security test bed and how to participate, please visit www.5GSecurityTestBed.com.

About CTIA
CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the US wireless industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead connected lives in the 21st century. The members of the association include cell phone providers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA is strongly committed to policies at all levels of government that encourage continued innovation and investment in wireless communications. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, organizes educational events to promote the mobile communications industry, and co-produces the industry’s leading mobile communications trade fair. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, DC



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