Building upon the work published in the Enduring Security Framework’s Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure, the Enduring Security Framework1 (ESF) established a working panel comprised of government and industry experts and conducted an in-depth review of network slicing, a key component of 5G infrastructure. This working panel assessed the security, risks, benefits, design, deployment, operations, and maintenance of a network slice. For this paper, a network slice is defined as an end-to-end logical network that provides specific network capabilities and characteristics for a user.
As with any emerging technology, with increased benefits come increased risks. This paper intends to introduce 5G stakeholders to the benefits associated with network slicing and introduce perceived risks and management strategies that may address those risks.