Revolutionizing the American economy comes from advancements in communication networks that enable a fully connected world through millions of devices providing on-demand access to data, systems, and each other. We must be able to trust the privacy, security, authenticity, and reliability of these devices, as well as the advanced networks that support them as we continue to realize the full economic potential of real-time access to data and systems. The project team has released a report with recommendations: 5G Hardware Supply Chain Security Through Physical Measurements (nist.gov)
NIST is working with a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to define both the cybersecurity standards for 5G and beyond hardware and to secure the supply chain through developing technology that can detect corrupted hardware before it is put in use. For an overview of NIST cybersecurity and privacy activities see Cybersecurity | NIST
Just as provenance methods and physical measurements (forensic science) are complementary tools for verifying the authenticity of a piece of art, physical measurements can complement a provenance-based framework for supply-chain and cybersecurity. Our NIST team is exploring the use of physical measurements to ensure that the hardware systems are free of counterfeit components with vulnerabilities, or poor quality components, which may cause: data loss, modification or disruption, or unanticipated failures and loss of system availability.
The CTL physical measurements team is working to leverage technical expertise and commercial outreach: