Complementing the 5G security toolbox, launched by the European Commission today, the GSMA has developed a security assurance scheme for network equipment, outlined a security framework and established a cyber-information hub for the telecommunications industry.
The GSMA initiatives support efforts by ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, for a common EU approach to the security of 5G networks.
The Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) assesses the product designs of telecom vendors and independently tests the components for security. The recently launched scheme was developed in cooperation with 3GPP, operators and vendors, and should lead to an increase in security, confidence in network equipment and a decrease in market fragmentation and rollout costs.
In addition, the Telecommunications Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (T-ISAC) is established as the leading point of coordination for the mobile ecosystem worldwide. The T-ISAC collects and disseminates information and advice on security incidents within the mobile community – in a trusted and anonymised way.
“We are working with ENISA and national regulators to fight cyber threats,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer for GSMA, the global trade organisation for the mobile industry. “We also encourage companies from across the mobile ecosystem to join T-ISAC to collectively address the critical security issues facing us.”
Through the EU toolbox, the member states are committing to move forward in a joint manner based on an objective assessment of identified risks and proportionate mitigating measures, the Commission said.
Member states are expected to implement the key measures of the toolbox by April 30th, and to report on the implementation by June. Member states are also expected to cooperate with the Commission in assessing the effectiveness of the measures by October.
Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said: “We can do great things with 5G. The technology supports personalised medicines, precision agriculture and energy grids that can integrate all kinds of renewable energy. This will make a positive difference. But only if we can make our networks secure. Only then will the digital changes benefit all citizens.”
- Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS)
- Telecommunication Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (T-ISAC)