Project Vision

A Vision for a secure, trustworthy and viable 5G network

5G is the new mobile standardisation effort focusing on the convergence of telecom and IT to develop a ubiquitous infrastructure that offers higher capacity to customers and creates new opportunities to interconnect smart objects. There will be a massive number of devices (e.g. sensors, actuators and cameras) with a wide range of characteristics. Integrating these heterogeneous technologies poses new security challenges towards a secure, reliable and dependable infrastructure. Networks will have to cope with a very dynamic and flexible environment consisting of virtual resources that can be instantiated and released on demand to meet the users’ demands and the connectivity requirements. The heterogeneous nature of the new networks, devices and services will raise a lot of security concerns, such as trust and privacy, that have to be addressed to enable wide deployment of 5G services and especially enhance user acceptance.

The 5G-ENSURE project brings to the 5G PPP a consortium of telco and network operators, IT providers and cyber security experts addressing priorities for security and resilience in 5G networks. The project has received funding of just over €7.5m out of a total €3.5bn for the 5G-PPP initiative. It will:

Deliver strategic impact across technology, business enablement & standardisation.

Develop a set of non-intrusive security and privacy enablers (AAA, Privacy, Trust, Monitoring, Network Management and Virtualisation Isolation) for the core of the 5G Reference Architecture.

Define a 5G Security Architecture needed to expand the mobile ecosystem giving operators a platform for entirely new business opportunities.

Initiate a 5G Security test bed vision and initial set-up in which the security enablers will be made available and demonstrated.

5G-ENSURE will define a shared and agreed 5G Security Roadmap with various 5G stakeholders. The outcome will be a trustworthy 5G system offering reliable security services to customers with a “zero perceived” downtime for service provision.

Achievements - April 2017