An introduction of a modular framework for securing 5G networks and beyond

Edris, Ed Kamya Kiyemba ORCID logoORCID:, Aiash, Mahdi ORCID logoORCID: and Loo, Jonathan ORCID logoORCID: (2022) An introduction of a modular framework for securing 5G networks and beyond. Network, 2 (3) . pp. 419-439. ISSN 2673-8732 [Article] (doi:10.3390/network2030026)

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Fifth Generation Mobile Network (5G) is a heterogeneous network in nature, made up of multiple systems and supported by different technologies. It will be supported by network services such as device-to-device (D2D) communications. This will enable the new use cases to provide access to other services within the network and from third-party service providers (SPs). End-users with their user equipment (UE) will be able to access services ubiquitously from multiple SPs that might share infrastructure and security management, whereby implementing security from one domain to another will be a challenge. This highlights a need for a new and effective security approach to address the security of such a complex system. This article proposes a network service security (NSS) modular framework for 5G and beyond that consists of different security levels of the network. It reviews the security issues of D2D communications in 5G, and it is used to address security issues that affect the users and SPs in an integrated and heterogeneous network such as the 5G enabled D2D communications network. The conceptual framework consists of a physical layer, network access, service and D2D security levels. Finally, it recommends security mechanisms to address the security issues at each level of the 5G-enabled D2D communications network.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): network services, access, security, framework, device to device, communication, 5G
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 35473
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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Depositing User: Mahdi Aiash
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 16:35
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2022 16:35

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