This blog is by Sari Kivinen, head of Security Marketing at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
ata security is a hotly debated topic these days, so it’s no surprise that the recent Light Reading webinar on “Secure LTE: A Revenue Opportunity for Operators” was a big draw. Nils Ahrlich (head of Security Services for Professional Services at NSN) joined Jan Hof (Global Alliances Director at Juniper Networks) and Patrick Donegan (Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading) to discuss the importance of securing LTE networks and the opportunity that 4G technology brings.
Along with the switch from 3G to 4G/LTE comes a significant change in telecom network security requirements. Special attention to security is required in order to ensure the same level of end-to-end encryption of traffic with LTE as with 3G. Several studies now highlight that the risk of security threats is continuously increasing. As case in point, Hof’s presentation of the recent Juniper Annual Mobile Threat report indicates that over 500 app stores contain malicious apps.
Secure LTE is a basic requirement to protect operators’ networks and assets and to protect end users from threats. And the operators who meet the security requirements will be far better positioned to capture new revenue opportunities promised by 4G technology.
NSN and Juniper’s joint security solutions help operators protect the network with IPSec-based encryption, automated certificate authority and firewalls. The webinar also addressed the importance of services and security expertise to meet the carrier-grade performance and scalability requirements.
Donegan presented compelling examples on how operators could leverage security to drive new revenue opportunities such as mCommerce, mHealth and M2M. For example, according to Price Waterhouse Coopers, mHealth represents an $11.5 billion opportunity for mobile operators but can only be realized if the LTE network is fully secured against malicious attacks.
Not all operators are ready to capitalize on the opportunity, but the journey has begun. Donegan confirmed that the IPSec adoption rate is increasing. Heavy Reading’s forecasts indicated that the proportion of the world’s LTE cell sites that support IPsec will grow from 15% at the end of 2013 to 35% at the end of 2015, and to 53% by the end of 2017.
The webinar audience poll results confirmed similar sentiments: 95% of the first session attendees felt that a security solution is necessary at most if not all LTE sites, and 82% of second session attendees felt that a security solution is necessary at all LTE cell sites. The recent NSN security solution deal with E Plus group provides practical evidence.
If you missed the webinar, you can still tune in to the on-demand version or read the Heavy Reading whitepaper: Secure LTE – a revenue opportunity for operators to learn how LTE promises new revenue opportunities for operators.
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