IITM Pravartak’s solution to secure 5G networks gets DST funding

A new indigenous software technology solution can now proactively detect and prevent zero-day vulnerability attacks in 5G networks. This will help to reduce network downtime and smoothen countrywide communication as 5G networks become more widely adopted.

The solution is being developed by IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation at IIT Madras, a Technology Innovation Hub for Sensors, Networking, Actuators and Control Systems (SNACS). It is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS).

The solution uses a combination of techniques to identify zero-day vulnerabilities, including fuzzing and test oracles. Fuzzing is a method of injecting random data into a system to find vulnerabilities. Test oracles are used to verify whether a system is working correctly.

The solution has been manually tested in the 5G security lab of IITM Pravartak. It has also been tested with ethical hacking techniques to find vulnerabilities.

The team is also testing the interoperability and security issues with multi-vendor products. They are conducting tests at the network packet level, the binary level, the code level, and using code vulnerability scanners.

The combination of all these methods will help to reduce zero-day attacks by pre-emption mechanism. This will reduce the attack surface area, which in turn will reduce the need to pay ransom and also decrease network downtime of 5G networks.

The development of this indigenous software technology solution is a major step forward in the security of 5G networks. It will help to protect these networks from malicious attacks and ensure that they are reliable and secure for everyone.

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  • The solution is designed to be scalable and can be used to protect 5G networks of all sizes.
  • The solution is also flexible and can be adapted to new 5G standards and technologies as they emerge.
  • The solution is being made available to the public so that it can be used by all organizations that operate 5G networks.