Among the changes brought by technology, few innovations have been as striking to the lives of people and companies as the mobile Internet. Thanks to the mobile connection, we can access and manage the most diverse types of applications, sharing information at an impressive speed and simplifying the way we work and relate on a global scale.

Now, we are heading to a new stage of this journey, with the expectation of the arrival of 5G, the fifth generation of wireless networks for cell phones. In a practical way, 5G will mean more speed and lower latency to connections, which will allow you to take the user experience to new heights.

The expectation is that this new modality represents a performance leap of almost 100 times over the current 4G, allowing new ways of working and business models to emerge to meet the day to day of organizations. The rise of 5G will facilitate the expansion of concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and data analysis within companies, supporting a new generation of specific infrastructures, platforms, and services.

More speed and increased data transfer capacity will certainly lead to an increase in the number of connected devices. In addition to new opportunities for businesses and customers, this scenario should also bring new threats with the sophistication of malicious attacks and the growing number of fraud attempts and intrusions.

This will occur for a variety of reasons. One of them is that 5G networks will use a number of new technologies which, among other factors, will place the endpoints as a central part of the data processing and traffic steps. As a result, smart devices, sensors and equipment are expected to be increasingly attractive to cybercriminals seeking to hijack or steal information – especially in the corporate field.

Another important impact is that 5G will increase the complexity for maintaining data privacy, making this activity an even more urgent need. Because it is a technology that will promote greater antenna spraying and require a high amount of transactions between devices and networks, 5G can become a factor that will allow the collection and accurate tracking of users much more easily. This data may expose customer privacy or be misused.

The fact is that 5G will significantly increase the volume of data circulating on devices added to networks and this, in turn, will intensify the importance of cyber security solutions and the analysis of existing vulnerabilities in each of these devices and in all structures. This is an important point, as users are still not used to using solutions to protect mobile connections – it is estimated that two thirds of the intelligent devices connected to the Internet do not have any type of protection tools installed.

Faced with this reality, we should see the expansion in the number of virtual crimes and cases of undue exposure of data of companies and their customers. To avoid this scenario, therefore, a continuous cultural transformation must be initiated. Devices and networks need to have protection tools and solutions that will help mitigate threats by blocking any risk. This is an urgent action, as we are talking about an infinitely more complex future, with a much larger number of devices to be managed on each network.

In this context, companies should seek ways to ensure that their protections are up to date, with technology and resources adequate to combat threats. This is the time to anticipate and seek solutions suited for this new time, with cutting-edge tools to automate and add more intelligence to daily cybersecurity actions. The protection of the 5G era should be able to understand and monitor an enormous complexity of relationships and structures, often linked to each other.

Needless to mention, it is essential to begin creating a security oriented culture, with employees who can understand their participation in the cyber security of the organization and who can support this work of protection, through initiatives such as choosing stronger passwords and rigorous analysis of content, for example.

There is no longer any doubt that mobility will be important to the success of the organizations of the future. To achieve the potential of technological innovations with protection, companies will have to look for advanced solutions, with features that deliver more agility and security. 5G is an incredible step towards developing a more innovative and hyperconnected industry, but this mobile connection will also bring challenges to information management.

The progress of innovation will not come without greater complexity of networks and processes. The market is preparing for this future, with options so that companies can follow this journey of connection and availability with more intelligence and efficiency. We will have to wait and see who is ready to take advantage of this new generation without giving up security and thus obtaining the best deals of the digital age.

With more than 5,000 clients, Blockbit is one of the leading manufacturers of cybersecurity solutions, empowering businesses to protect themselves against a wide range of threats, vulnerabilities, and cyberattacks, whether internal or external, generic or specific.