29 Oct 2020 -

5G increases risk of counterfeit, says U.S. Homeland Security

The 5G introduction will increase the risk of counterfeit component entering the supply chain, warns the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In a new DHS release they reveal the new Fifth Generation network – 5G – promises to completely transform networks with 100-times-faster download speeds: a 3-gigabyte movie will now download in only 35 seconds.

“From my perspective, 5G is the single biggest critical infrastructure build that the globe has seen in the last 25 years and, coupled with the growth of cloud computing, automation, and future of artificial intelligence, demands focused attention today to secure tomorrow,” said CISA Director Christopher Krebs in the agency’s 5G Strategy report.

However, 5G also introduces new risks that must be addressed to ensure its secure and safe use by the government and private sectors, including everyday citizens, says the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The 5G supply chain is susceptible to the malicious or unintentional introduction of risks like malicious software and hardware, counterfeit components, and poor designs, manufacturing processes, and maintenance procedures.

Despite the development of standards that encourage interoperability, some companies are building proprietary interfaces into their technologies, which limits customers’ choices to use other equipment. Lack of interoperability with other technologies and services limits the ability of trusted ICT companies to compete in the 5G market.

To counter the problem, CISA says, “The private sector can help mitigate 5G vulnerabilities and provide insight on where government support or intervention is needed, such as the development of best practices, convening industry and government partners, and prohibiting untrusted equipment will help secure 5G technologies and networks.”

For more help in this area, Astute Electronics offer very reliable on-site labs for carrying out a range of destructive and non-destructive testing, as shown here:

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

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