CTIA Launches 5G Security Test Bed

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CTIA, the wireless association, has launched a program to test the security of commercial 5G networks.

The Security Test Bed (STB) was created in partnership with various organizations and includes founding members AT&T, Ericsson, T-Mobile, USCellular, MITRE, and the University of Maryland (UMD).

CTIA said the test bed will be "governed by industry leaders, guided by government priorities, and managed by CTIA."

The STB will focus on "verifying" the FCC's Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII recommendations for 5G network security and a resource for CSRIC VIII, which launched in June (CTIA is a CSRIC member). It will also demonstrate 5G security features and test products and use cases on "an actual 5G network."

Verizon was not listed among the founding members. A company spokesperson was checking at press time on why that was the case. ■

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.