GSM Association highlights growing security threats

GSMA director general Mats Granryd has recently highlighted how the development of new wireless technologies is creating a host of new challenges for operators around privacy and security.

Ubiquity of Mobile Services and Growing Risks

The ubiquity of mobile services brings both new business models but also a new set of challenges around privacy and security. As a result, the list of potential threats is growing along with the potential harm. We are now witnessing an increase in both real and perceived threats to national security, public safety and individual privacy.

Recent attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack is increasing consumer focus on security.

GSMA Fraud and Security Group

The GSMA Fraud and Security Group is working to drive the industry's management of fraud and security matters related to the technology, networks and other services of its members.

The GSMA is working towards ensuring that 5G is built with robust security measures in place. The industry association is also backing the secure development and deployment of the IoT. The impact of the number and range of IoT devices appearing on the networks is seen as one of the major challenges facing operators in coming years.

Focus of 5G-ENSURE

These are also challenges addressed by 5G-ENSURE with a set of security and privacy enablers for a resilient 5G and also for IoT; a reference security architecture, new research on mobile subscriber WiFi privacy, as well as a trust model for 5G with greater emphasis on risk management.