All the above use cases take advantage of the inherent flexibility of 5G network slicing and the enhanced security that comes with it.
Because each slice is its own self-contained, virtualized environment, 5G network slicing security is more resilient to threats. If any one slice is compromised, it doesn't affect the others around it or the network as a whole. Segmentation of user traffic and access, as well as specific servers, helps to protect systems from cyber security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. For example, an exploited IoT edge device might lead to a breach, but that breach need not spread to mission-critical servers in a data center because the breach is contained in the slice.
Another useful characteristic of 5G network slicing security is customization. Each slice can have its own security functionality, including access policies, firewall configurations and packet inspection, as well as its own authentication schemes that reflect their role in mission-critical operations and uptime.
For added efficiencies, you could also replicate your 5G network slicing security configurations. If you're adding more IoT devices in a different geographic area that mirrors a use case scenario elsewhere, you could apply the same security policies. In addition, by grouping devices that behave similarly during normal operations on the same slice, sudden changes in network traffic or their behavior can act as a security alert and trigger an appropriate response to prevent or contain a breach.
In taking advantage of the security benefits of network slicing, look for a network provider that can help to evaluate how best to slice the network so that your organization's network administrators will then have some best practices and templates that are easily replicated going forward.
All these configurations are dynamic, which makes 5G network slicing security flexible and responsive to a fast-moving business that can leverage a 5G-enabled network infrastructure optimized for performance, scalability and security—one slice at a time.
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