Hacking 5G Network Infrastructure – IMSI catchers and hackathon

Fake Base Station problem in 5G Continuing with the previous blogpost, we discuss the problem of fake base stations in general and a number of protection measures added in 5G standards.  IMSI catcher is a device to identify and track…

Current EU calls in Cybersecurity

The ICT Proposers’ Day took place last week in Helsinki. This event aims to inform about upcoming calls for research funding within the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework program for ICT. It is as well an opportunity for industry and researchers to meet in order to build a consortium. The program was quite overwhelming with many parallel tracks. Fortunately, we had several people there and had a plan to catch up on everything what was related to cybersecurity.

There are four current calls with a particular focus on cyber security. All of them have a deadline of August, the 27th 2020:

New vulnerabilities in 5G Security Architecture & Countermeasures (Part 1)

The 5G network promises to transform industries and our digital society by providing enhanced capacity, higher data rates, increased battery life for machine-type devices, higher availability and reduced power consumptions. In a way, 5G will act as a vehicle to drive much needed digital transformation race and will push the world into the information age.  Also, 5G can be used to replace the existing emergency communication network infrastructures. Many countries are about to launch 5G services commercially as 5G standards have been developed by the 3GPP group, including security procedures. The following map in Figure 1 shows 5G deployments worldwide.

Figure 1 : 5G deployments worldwide [1]