Recently, Giovanni Geraci, a researcher at the Department of Information and Communication Technology at the University of Pompeii Fabra (UPF), suggested the use of drones to improve the security of 5G networks.
In a study published in the scientific journal IEEE Wireless Communications, Geraci explained that the fifth-generation mobile network will represent a true technological revolution, but it will also face severe security challenges before it is finally fully deployed.
Research conducted by Geraci and researchers from the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering of Mississippi State University in the United States shows that: “On the one hand, it is important to protect the network when it is disturbed by a drone that has connected and generates interference. On the other, in the future, the same drones could assist in the prevention, detection, and recovery of attacks on 5G networks.”
The report suggests that 5G terrestrial networks will never be 100% safe. Based on this premise, drones can be used to prevent and defend against malicious attacks.
The researchers pointed out that the diversity of drones and the mobility of three-dimensional space can effectively enhance advanced wireless network security in multiple areas to resist various espionage, jamming, and phishing attacks and quickly detect and recover from attacks.
In addition, with the integration of (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) UAV unmanned equipment such as self-driving cars in the future 5G mobile network, it will also face potential attack risks from UAVs. Once drones fly over the base station, they will cause interference or even launch malicious applications, similar to a “flying pseudo base station”, threatening all mobile phones connected to the drone.