Superfast 5G mobile broadband could power smart cities and the internet of things, (IoT) but as more devices get connected, telecoms and security experts are warning that cyber-attacks could increase in number and severity.
Our homes and cities are getting “smarter” – thermostats, video doorbells, sprinkler systems, street lights, traffic cameras, cars. all connected to the internet, collecting and transmitting useful data.
And 5G superfast mobile is seen as a catalyst that will light up this massive network.
GSMA Intelligence forecasts that there will be more than 25 billion “internet of things” connections by 2025.
But experts are queuing up to issue stark warnings about security.
“Security around IoT devices hasn’t been very good, so if they’re opened up to better connectivity they’re opened up to more hackers, too,” says Cody Brocious, education lead at security consultancy HackerOne.
Source: BBC News