Private 5G network technology will be the catalyst for true smart factories globally. Connectivity and automation will link factory devices and business applications, improving production capabilities and overall factory performance. However, the expanded IT infrastructure within operational technology (OT) environments can lead to exposed risk for cyberattacks. There is an urgent need to implement cybersecurity measures to secure private 5G networks to protect against potential attacks
Fujitsu and Trend Micro have incorporated Trend Micro’s 5G security solution into a private 5G system that simulates an actual smart factory environment equipped with high-definition monitoring cameras and automatic guided vehicles (AGV) at the FUJITSU Collaboration Lab in Kawasaki, Japan. This environment was used to visualize and centrally manage the status and security of systems, as well as correlate threat detection and prevention data from the devices and network.
The security solution, Trend Micro Mobile Network Security, leverages embedded endpoint security within the IoT device’s SIM card and network security running on a private 5G system. Benefits of the product include:
- Detect and protect against threats at the private 5G network
- Authenticate devices trying to connect to the 5G network
- Block unauthorized communication in real-time
This demonstration shows how the Trend Micro solution protects smart factories from internal threats, such as unauthorized or malware-infected devices, as well as external threats attempting to enter the factory through the 5G network.
Fujitsu and Trend Micro will conduct a field trial until September 2021 at Fujitsu’s Oyama Plant. Based on the results of this trial, the partners will consider commercializing a security solution for private 5G.