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EU’s International Security Policy, Artificial Intelligence and 5G

Increased Connectivity and Emerging Risks

On the 9th of October 2019 Techcrunch wrote an article about a new joint risk assessment report into 5G technology. So far the European Union has resisted pressure to boycott Huawei as a 5G supplier on national security grounds. In March 2019 US suggested that EU should block Huawei from accessing its market. The report identifies “security challenges” more likely to appear in 5G networks.

  • Reliance of mobile network operators on suppliers may lead to a higher number of ‘attack paths’. These can be exploited by threat actors. Non-EU States or State-backed are considered as the most serious ones and the most likely to target 5G networks.
  • Risk profile of individual suppliers will become important.
  • There is a risk of major dependencies on suppliers. Dependency can present a high degree of risk.
  • Threat to availability and integrity as well as privacy and confidentiality.

“The implication is that the business of 5G security will need to get commensurately large to scale to meet the multi-dimensional security challenge that goes hand in glove with the next-gen tech. Just banning a single supplier isn’t going to cut it.”

How Does 5G Work?

There are a lot of hairy displays of 5G in fancy connective points.

Why is This Relevant to the Field of AI?

As mentioned previously it may change the way that we use applications within the field of artificial intelligence, that you can do more with a small device because your connections allow for data to move more swiftly, thus on an interface many applications will be decentralised with cloud (on a server). It is clear that if good things can be extended then less good aspects can too.

AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.