The Pentagon with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background. As the Department of Defense works on standards to dictate 5G rollout, security requirements may be too much for IoT manufacturers. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston)

As public and private sector entities gradually march toward 5G, the financial burden of piling security standards could force some Internet of Things device manufacturers to walk away from highly regulated markets like defense.

Of course, many security hurdles for IoT device manufacturers are not specific to 5G. But the transition to the latest protocol will likely result in specific standards for network integration, led by government, but potentially adopted by private sector entities in the longer term.

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