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Establishing a Secure and Resilient 5G Ecosystem

5G cellular technology is transforming industry and government operations. But with the benefits come real challenges—geopolitical power struggles over the 5G ecosystem, regulatory issues, legacy system modernization, and new threat vectors. 

Our Approach

From engineering and orchestration to integration and security, Booz Allen is on the leading edge of 5G solutions and edge services. We continue to research and develop new secure 5G-enabled platforms, including those integrating related new technologies such as integrated IoT, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) solutions. 

Booz Allen understands the complexity of the 5G landscape, helping clients formulate customized 5G strategies that fit their missions and mitigate cybersecurity risk. We combine our telecommunications, cloud, network, and security expertise with our investment in a premiere 5G lab facility, delivering mission-focused cyber resiliency solutions you can rely on. Our offerings include the following: 

Risk Management

Develop threat-centric approaches to managing 5G risks reduction and attack surfaces

Vulnerability Assessment

Assess 5G ecosystems for vulnerabilities that may negatively impact mobile networks, edge computing, and 5G devices and applications

Architecture & Engineering

Create comprehensive "Secure by Design” solutions to include network architectures and radio frequency/spectrum engineering for 5G rollouts 

Mobile Edge & Compute

Engineer and design mobile AI/ML at the edge for 5G implementations

IoT and Emerging 5G Applications

Research, design, and prototype IoT solutions and new and cutting-edge applications (e.g., killer apps)

Webinar – 5G Cybersecurity

In our recent webinar, leading experts from government and industry discuss the current 5G landscape, the future of 5G, and potential threats that must be mitigated. We also explored how 5G innovations will influence national security, government, and the global economy.

Watch this recording of the live event to learn how enterprises can adapt their operations to meet this new paradigm and the new cybersecurity threats that will accompany it.

Booz Allen's 5G Lab

Our carrier-grade 5G Lab provides the critical, hyper-accelerated connectivity required to transform and evolve cybersecurity defense systems. Booz Allen 5G Lab is a complete carrier-grade 5G testing environment designed to support a dynamic array of use cases and expand the non-standalone access solution that comprises Nokia’s compact evolved packet core running on two bare metal servers. A Long-Term Evolution (LTE) EnodeB broadcasting at 3.5 GHz is utilized to provide LTE/4G signaling enabling the 28 GHz New Radio (NR). 

The focus of the lab is the Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi), 5G Standalone (SA) core, and Radio Access Network (RAN). The NFVi is composed of two Nokia Airframe racks containing 45 compute nodes and two availability zones. Nokia’s own supported distribution of OpenStack acts as the cloud operating system. Orchestration is included in the lab, rounding out a complete virtualized environment suitable for almost any use case. On top of the NFVi, Nokia provides a virtualized 5G SA core that is Release 16 compliant. 

Beyond the 5G NR and NFVi, the Booz Allen 5G lab supports the two key features new to 5G:

A complete multi-access edge (MEC) edge solution that includes a GnodeB, User Plan Function (UPF), and MEC server

This solution enables 5G at the edge in 5G lab locations. The Booz Allen edge solution utilizes local break-out to route data directly to the internet versus back through the core. The edge solutions easily support AR/VR, with the AR/VR applications running on the edge node servers. 

Network slicing that goes hand in hand with MEC: 

Network slicing is a means for carriers to provide segregated network access with guaranteed performance attributes. AR/VR does not work if other services are causing packet loss to applications. Network slicing is designed to address previous shortcomings of quality of service and deliver guaranteed bandwidth from the RAN to the applications. Booz Allen has purchased two network slices within the 5G lab to ensure we have all of the key 5G features.

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