The next generation of mobile networks, 6G, should be widely available by 2030. This technology will offer speeds of terabytes per second, but it will also come with new security threats as more and more of our everyday electronics are connected to the internet. With funding from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the REACT project will develop a simulation-based framework for measuring and modelling the impact of attacks on 6G-enabled networks containing smart technology, such as extended reality devices, wearable displays, drones, and autonomous vehicles. The project will be the first such comprehensive security solution to be publicly available for experimentation by industry communities and will contribute to making 6G networks robust and secure.
As the deployment of 5G networks is in progress, the researchers and engineers are now shifting their attention towards developing the next generation of mobile networks (6G), which is expected to provide Tbps wireless connectivity with ultra-high reliability and extremely low latency (less than 1ms). The new generation of mobile networks, which is expected to be commercialized by 2030, are envisioned to offer much wider range of applications comparing to 5G by interconnecting billions of IoT devices such as extended reality devices, wearable displays, drones, and autonomous vehicles. Definitely, the unprecedented growth of 6G-enabled IoT devices along with the massive emergence of connections in the future 6G communication platform will increase the security vulnerabilities for the 6G-enabled massive IoT networks, leading to a wide spectrum of known and unknown security threats. Therefore, there is an urgent need for developing novel security solutions for massive IoT networks, taking always into consideration their resource-constrained limitations, before they gain the trust of all involved stakeholders and reach their full potential in the 6G era. Toward this direction, REACT aims to develop a simulation-based framework for measuring and modeling the impact of attacks on 6G-enabled massive IoT networks. The proposed simulation-based framework is envisaged to be the first comprehensive IoT security solution which will (a) become publicly available to the IoT security research and industry community for reproducible experimentation and reusability purposes, and (b) also have a high scientific impact by contributing significantly to the efforts against the urgent need for novel security solutions to protect the upcoming 6G-enabled massive IoT networks.