The new 5G network has definitely grabbing some interesting media attention, especially in terms of the risks surrounding cyber security and GDPR safety.

There is no doubt that our country is ready for the next level of network known as 5G.  As internet connected devices develop further from the sole operation of our Smartphones, instead internet connected devices (Internet Of Things IOT) are becoming more and more popular in our homes and offices. SMART products that control our washing machines, fridges, dishwashers, lighting and blinds are just some of the options that gadget and technology enthusiasts are now seeing offered on the market.

As the technology transforms the way we go about our daily lives, 5G will enable greater automation and seamless connectivity in order to fulfill this.  The new network is set to transform public services and the economy by unlocking the potential of emerging technologies to create what will be known as ‘smart cities’. It promises to revolutionise our town infrastructure with the ability to process data 30 times faster than our existing 4G.  The network also aims to offer a seamless two-way transfer of data which could utterly reform sectors such as transport and healthcare.

So what GDPR safety issues should we be thinking about in terms of 5G?

Historically, rapid advances in technology have created a double edged sword. Whilst tech can quickly develop to build new advances, it can also become extremely vulnerable instantaneously.  Where manufacturers have not always considered every eventuality such as with regards to hacking, it can have a major negative impact on GDPR safety and cyber security.

Smartphones, Computers, Tablets and Televisions were just a few years ago solely operating through our home WIFI. Now with more internet connected objects, it accordingly create more endpoints for hackers to infiltrate and exploit.

Whilst 5G promises to provide an improved network platform to operate our treasured gadgets, concerns over poor regulation over the technology has been mounting by researchers who have tested and evaluated to flaws of 5G which could empower cyber criminals, therefore compromising GDPR safety.

The other draw back and probably most severe is that ‘5G could actually enable weaponisation of IoT devices in botnet attacks’, according to a recent article by techdar.com – The future of cybersecurity in a 5G-connected world.

For manufacturers who are pioneering these new products, it is essential that GDPR safety and cyber security stays at the forefront of their development process by formalising security standards.

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