A timely report from the European Union (EU) recently detailed the risks of state-backed threats to 5G infrastructure and network security. “In this context of increased exposure to attacks facilitated by suppliers,” the report concluded, “the risk profile of individual suppliers will become particularly important.” While the EU study did not come out and say it, the “suppliers” that most concern intelligence officials are Chinese equipment suppliers like Huawei, DJI, Lenovo, Hikvision, and so on.
As U.S. policymakers work to implement critical 5G innovations for America’s future, they have already recognized and acted against this particular threat, using bipartisan federal legislation and Commerce Department restrictions to keep Huawei out of American 5G networks. But other significant risks to America’s swift deployment of a secure 5G infrastructure may be slipping past notice.
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Roslyn Layton , January 6, 2020