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Trump says 5G tech will be 'primary driver' of economy but warns of 'malicious actors'

President lays out vision in National Strategy to Secure 5G plan

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President Trump on March 28, 2020
President Trump on March 28, 2020
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Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:36pm

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President Trump is telling Americans that fifth-generation wireless technology will be the “primary driver” of the country’s prosperity and security but warned that its arrival also brings new national security concerns including “malicious actors” already trying to exploit the 5G technology.

The president addressed the issue in a six-page summary report titled “National Strategy to Secure 5G,” released this month by the White House. 

“This new technology will provide consumers, businesses, and governments with remarkably fast network connections that will enable tens of billions of new devices to harness the power of the Internet, transforming the way we live, work, learn, and communicate,” president said. “This advancement, however, also ushers new risks and vulnerabilities. … This is a target-rich environment for those with nefarious motives.” 

The president also said the new technology is a high-value target because of the number and types of devices it will connect and the large volume of data that the devices will transmit.

The president says that he wants the U.S. to lead – “arm-in-arm with our closest partners and allies” – in the worldwide development, deployment and management of secure and reliable 5G communications infrastructure. 

Trump lines out a four-prong approach in the strategy: 

  • Facilitate the rollout of 5G domestically
  • Assess the cybersecurity risks to 5G capabilities and infrastructure
  • Address the country’s economic and national security risks during development and deployment of 5G infrastructure
  • Promote responsible global development and deployment of secure and reliable 5G infrastructure