CISA’s Christopher Krebs on Ensuring Cybersecurity Amid 5G Push

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Jane Edwards July 24, 2020 NewsTechnologyCISA’s Christopher Krebs on Ensuring Cybersecurity Amid 5G PushChristopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, shared his insights on 5G and how the use of encryption could help mitigate confidentiality breaches in relation to 5G adoption, Nextgov reported Thursday.

“When you think about [5G] from the cybersecurity side, whether it’s a confidentiality attack, an integrity attack, an availability attack, it’s less on the confidentiality side—you can encrypt data for those purposes to protect against those attacks,” Krebs said Wednesday at an Internet Governance Forum-hosted event.

“For us it’s more on the availability side. Is the signal there, when you need it, is it performing as you need it.”

He also cited how the development of open-interface standards for 5G could help facilitate collaboration among various vendors.

“For us it’s been a significant focus on how you get trusted vendors into the supply chain, how you get a vibrant global ecosystem that will support a diversity of vendors that again, are trusted,” Krebs said.

Sujit Raman, an associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ), discussed at the event the challenge posed by 5G to law enforcement agencies when it comes to serving wiretapping warrants.