CCDCOE to lead research on securing 5G networks for military mobility

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn will lead a research project exploring the security of 5G networks in relation to military mobility. The project is funded by US Department of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, and carried out by the international team of researchers at CCDCOE.

The research will map the European commercial 5G network landscape with the aim of providing recommendations for NATO on the most secure methods to operate in those networks during peacetime deployments and military operations. The first stage of the one-year project is set to start this January.

“The expected roll out of 5G networks in Europe is planned by 2025, latest by that time Allies and partners need to be prepared to deal with possible cyber threats involved,” said Colonel Jaak Tarien, the Director of NATO CCDCOE. “We at CCDCOE are exceedingly proud and confident in taking on this crucial task with our international team of 29 nations. Together our team can enhance the understanding of the implications of 5G development from tech, legal, strategic and operational standpoint.”

“The research will provide NATO and its member nations the necessary understanding and knowledge to upgrade their risk assessments. NATO must be aware of potential security loopholes and cyber risks before deployment of troops takes place,” said Ms Piret Pernik, CCDCOE Strategy Researcher.

The CCDCOE is a NATO-affiliated cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises. It represents a community of 29 nations with expertise in the areas of technology, law, strategy and military operations.