Accenture’s “Accelerating the 5G Future of Business” report analyses the growing excitement and apprehension around 5G connectivity. The impact of 5G connectivity comes with mounting caution. Accenture’s report is based on a survey from more than 2,600 business and technology decision-makers across 12 industry sectors in Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific region.
More than 35% of respondents have expressed their concerns about the security of 5G networks. 62% of respondents fear that internet technology makes them vulnerable to cyberattacks. The report outlines user expectations and further concerns associated with the deployment of the 5G network. Over 57% of respondents are optimistic that 5G will be a revolutionary technology.
Typically, every new technology is followed by cybersecurity concerns. The top barriers to adopt 5G in the next three years include security concerns, upfront investment. The relationship between 5G and security is complex. Majority of the survey respondents believe that 5G will make their businesses more secure but the challenges are equally inherent to the network infrastructure.
Over 74% of respondents worry that having more connected devices will open new avenues for data breaches. Some respondents also believe that 5G adoption will help in redefining security policies and procedures. The other concerns involve user privacy, the number of connected devices, service access, and supply chain integrity.