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The deployment of 5G technologies offers opportunities for innovation, efficiency, and economic growth, but it may also present risks. The US administration seeks innovative approaches and technologies to protect these critical infrastructures of legacy, current and 5G mobile network communications, services and equipment against all threats and vulnerabilities.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) are seeking development of new standards to improve the security and resilience of critical mobile communications networks through a new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Solicitation establishing a research and development project for a Secure and Resilient Mobile Network Infrastructure (SRMNI).
The risks were identified in the DHS Study on Mobile Device Security, which called for government-funded research and development to address current and emerging challenges impeding the government’s adoption of mobile technologies. The study also called for developing cooperative agreements with private-sector entities such as mobile network operators and associations and enhanced U.S. Government participation in the development of consensus-based voluntary mobile security standards and best practices to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of U.S. government communications.
CISA leads the national effort to defend critical infrastructure against the threats of today, while working with partners across all levels of government and in the private sector to secure against the evolving risks of tomorrow, according to newswire.com.
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