This blog is written by Sari Kivinen, head of Security Marketing at Nokia Siemens Networks.
The results of the 2013 Acquisition & Retention Study Report* are a good indication of how important security has become. In all markets globally, security was among the top 3 priorities for new services among the 8700 respondents to the study. The number of people who responded that security packages were important or extremely important increased from the previous year by 32% in emerging markets, 44% in in-transition markets and 30% in mature markets.
The new interest in security reflects a growing perception of security threats as well as recent news reports about viruses, malware and other risks affecting communications networks and mobile devices. In this case, the perception is reality. Security threats are growing as operators move to all-IP LTE networks, which require dedicated measures to protect both networks and end-users. Smartphones have added to the challenge, as they become the main interface to the Internet. The growing use of social networks and mobile applications, in turn, is fueling a corresponding increase in mobile malware and attacks through the network’s application layer.
Operators are in a unique position both to address security concerns and protect their networks and their subscribers’ connections and content. Operators have a close relationship with their customers, who have a high level of trust in their providers and high expectations for security. They take it for granted that operators will anticipate and protect them from security risks, not to mention meet all market and regulatory requirements.
This privileged relationship, especially compared with the generally distant connections to Internet service providers, opens a clear opportunity for operators both to provide security and differentiate in the market by protecting their customers from security risks.
Not only secure, but also 3GPP-compliant
Security is something we take very seriously at Nokia Siemens Networks. We have a long record of helping operators protect their mobile broadband networks from unauthorized access, manipulation, attacks (e.g. denial of service) and data theft. Our radio access security solution, which is the industry’s only 3GPP-compliant solution, comprises automated life cycle management of security certificates along with IPSec and Security Gateways to help operators protect their radio assets against security risks. Our security solution for core networks covers firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), secure Domain Name Systems (DNS) and Web and Message Security. As well as protecting core networks from attacks through the Internet, it maintains the confidentiality and privacy of customer data and ensures high service availability and network reliability.
We have successfully implemented more than 500 security projects worldwide with a team of services and security experts who have earned industry-recognized ISACA certification such as CISSP, CISA, and CISM. With numerous security deployments in commercially launched 4G networks from Nokia Siemens Networks, we are market leaders in protecting advanced mobile broadband networks.
Nils Ahrlich, head of Security Services at Nokia Siemens Networks, shared more information about our approach to security during two sessions at CTIA 2013 from May 21 to 23 in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, May 21, he was a panelist at the ATIS “Operator Solutions to Security, Device & Identity Management” session, and on Wednesday, May 22, he spoke at the Cyber security Summit-Best Practices Workshop about Securing LTE Networks.
What role do you think mobile broadband security will play in our industry? We look forward to hearing your thoughts.