Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi systems have proven to be secure for thousands of demanding customers across virtually all industries. With the recent hype around 5G and service providers promoting 5G as an alternative to Wi-Fi in the enterprise, it pays to understand how 5G security stacks up against Wi-Fi security.

Cellular security has improved with each generation. The security of first-generation analog cellular systems, based on the AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) standard, was essentially non-existent. These calls were unencrypted and could be intercepted with basic scanners. The security of currently deployed LTE networks is far better. LTE uses strengthened encryption and an authentication algorithm (“AKA”) that shares a key between the client and the receiving base station.

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