Policy Studies Cybersecurity

5G and Zero Trust Networks

Key Points

Protecting the global digital ecosystem is crucial to national security.
Switching to a zero-trust network paradigm is imperative to protecting the digital ecosystem.
To truly adopt a zero-trust network approach, the government needs to embrace strong encryption.

…the potential presence of untrustworthy or compromised equipment in global 5G networks themselves makes those networks risky in unfamiliar ways. And since people will never know exactly where untrustworthy or compromised equipment is present or exactly how their communications will be routed to or from the intended destination, everyone should assume that their communications and data—especially data that is transmitted outside the United States—could be exposed to bad actors at some point. Unfortunately, this means that the new best practice is to treat the internet itself as Zero Trust and rely heavily on strong encryption for all data transmitted, processed or stored anywhere on it.

Press Release: Can We Trust the Internet? Examining 5G and the Zero Trust Model

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