Council of the European Union 5G Security Calls
Council of the European Union calls for common security standards for all 5G manufacturers.
10:19 23 December 2019
The Council of the European Union has warned member states against serious security risks posed by 5G telecommunications networks if they are built using untrusted vendors.
The council has released a carefully worded missive outlining the economic and infrastructure benefits of the next-generation mobile network and emphasised that each member state must pay “particular attention to the risk profiles of individual suppliers.”
Although there was no specific mention of Huawei or any other Chinese company, the council statement “stresses that in addition to the technical risks related to cybersecurity of 5G networks, also non-technical factors such as the legal and policy framework to which suppliers may be subject to in third countries should be considered”,
The statement also stresses “that building trust in 5G technologies is firmly grounded in the core values of the EU such as human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law, protection of privacy, personal data and intellectual property, in the commitment to transparency, reliability..”
The statement added that it supports European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) efforts to create a wider cybersecurity certification framework as well as the need for common security standards for all 5G manufacturers.