Remote working will soon become normal rather than the exception, and it will bring with it a plethora of security problems. Multiple security firms have highlighted the severe risk that decentralizing system security poses; a late June analysis conducted by Raconteur magazine reported that 23% of security analysts in large companies had observed a large uptick in attempted security breaches.
The answer to this threat isn’t easily found, but there’s a good chance that the upscaling of mobile tech into 5G and 6G bands could provide an intrinsic security network to help complement measures already taken by workers.
One of the huge benefits that 5G provides and 6G will further build on in the future is multiple redundancies. As outlined by TechRepublic, 5G connectivity relies on a dispersed network of small, lower-power masts. What this means for business is that when connectivity is lost on one mast, this isn’t necessarily going to send a remote worker offline.
This is in stark contrast to using home wifi systems, which are liable to a fault and will lead to a security black hole when offline. This provides benefits to the business in two ways; it allows the business owner to access a greater level of assurance when using IT consulting firms to manage their systems, and it sets out a clear vision for the future of their IT systems and how they will manage both security and productivity.
5G has a huge theoretical top download speed. According to 5G.co.uk, sample systems in Europe and Asia have generated, on average, 150-200 mbps speeds. By contrast, the average internet speed in the USA is only 18mbps, according to FastMetrics.
What does this mean in security terms? Systems such as facial recognition, two-step authentication and contactless transactions rely on high internet speeds. Forbes has highlighted how important these are too personal and biometric-led security interfaces, often highlighted as the most secure in the business. Having 5G networks will enable businesses to confidently operate these forms of security recognition as it concerns their workers getting online.
A security-conscious industry
Whichever side of the debate you lean on, the scandals involving Huawei and related 5G development tech companies has caused distrust in the industry. As a result, telecom companies involved with 5G networks have sought to outline their credentials and provide assurance to the industry.
This is not just lip service, and manufacturers including Ericsson have spent development funds on providing devices and frameworks to support high level security with telecom networks. This level of knowledge and industry-accepted expertise in 5G networks will help to provide assurance to business owners and, ultimately, a level of content with the security afforded to their employees above the chop-and-change nature of consumer broadband.
When bringing these benefits into the whole, the tech behind 5G and its sequel technology 6G are clear in their benefits to remote workers. They provide an effective safety net on which concerned sysadmins can rely and that workers can be confident in. As remote working becomes more commonplace, expect the 5G rollout to accelerate and bring all of its benefits with it.