CTIA launches 5G Security Test Bed

WASHINGTON ?? 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 Bed – AT&T, Ericsson, T-Mobile, UScellular, MITER, and the University of Maryland (UMD) – contribute invaluable industry expertise that strengthens STB’s ability to enhance the wireless security ecosystem and provide strong protection to guarantee. in 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, built with Ericsson equipment, reflects the initial setup for most 5G networks. 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 at the University of Maryland and employs staff with extensive wireless security experience. The core wireless network is hosted in Northern Virginia by 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.


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