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Several attempts are being made both by the telecom operators and cybersecurity vendors to build robust solutions adhering to the network specification as allocated by the 3GPP. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Cybersecurity Trends in Telecom Industry

  • Cybersecurity Trends in Telecom Industry

The telecommunications industry is the pillar of
ongoing digital transformation and cybersecurity
is one of the biggest threats to it. The telecom
industry is continuously evolving and is expected
to achieve unprecedented level of faster
communications, however, it is also heavily
susceptible to cyber-attacks due to massive
amount of data generation and the critical
communication infrastructure. The most common
cyber-attacks observed in telecom space include
Phishing, Malware, DDoS, Access Breach, Integrity
Compromise, Social Engineering among few others.
Such cyber-attacks result in traffic flooding,
hardware vandalism, communication hijacking, data
breach, implanting malicious codes in the
software etc., causing major disruption across
the communication network and data compromise by
the user.With the onset of 5G, a fully
connected environment is expected through several
IoT devices, such as autonomous vehicles and
industrial automation, smart grid, smart cities
etc. However, it will in turn make telecom
operators more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and
offer cyber attackers with new ways to infiltrate
the network and other system vulnerabilities,
thereby indicating the dire need of a robust
cybersecurity framework.  Several attempts are
being made both by the telecom operators
and cybersecurity vendors to build robust
solutions adhering to the network specification
as allocated by the 3GPP. There are several
trends which to lead to focusing the
cybersecurity aspects on the current telecom
  • Trends
  • Increased usage of Artificial Intelligence and
    Machine Learning techniques to strengthen the
    network security and management
  • Most of the telecommunication companies rely on
    the usage of artificial intelligence-based
    platforms to enhance the network security, data
    security analytics. The technology offers massive
    benefits such as network automation, predictive
    maintenance, and network management, however,
    managing the enormous amount of data generated by
    the telecom operators is a huge challenge. These
    AI and ML algorithms record the anomalies
    observed in the regular data patterns of the
    network and minimizes the risks of data breach
    both in real-time and future. Such potentials of
    the AI technology are not hidden from the
    cybercriminals. By using these techniques, they
    incorporate several malicious software on the
    customers device, resulting in the compromised
    data security of the user.
  • Proliferation of IoT devices for a more connected
  • The shift towards the hybrid work culture has
    fueled the usage of IoT devices. By using a fully
    connected network IoT is transforming the way
    businesses functions. Devices such as smart
    watches, autonomous vehicles, smart grid, to
    smart cities are witnessing an up surge, thereby
    generating the need of a ubiquitous and secure
    network. However, due to complicated nature of
    IoT devices they have become a prime target for
    the cyber criminals. The essential security
    concerns with the proliferation of IoT devices
    includes ensuring network level security, data
    security, endpoint protection of the IoT devices
    and tracking and managing security of IoT devices
    on a constant basis. DDoS and botnet attacks are
    the majorly observed cyber-attack on the
    connected devices. Cybersecurity companies such
    as Microsoft, Trend Micro are now implementing
    Zero Trust approach to ensure security across all
    network layers and to verify security and analyze
    the telemetry in order to secure the digital
    networks from sophisticated cyber-attacks.

  • Adoption of multi-access edge computing (MEC)
    with onset of 5G
  • Realizing the potential of MEC, telecom companies
    are shifting their working model towards
    cloud-based networks architectures. With MEC at
    the edge of the network, CSPs can easily reduce
    the volume of the traffic flow offloaded at core
    network and therefore minimize the operational
    costs.  However, adoption of MEC and cloud-based
    model for a complex industry like telecom will
    expose it to cyber-attacks and further make it
    prone to vulnerabilities associated with network
    virtualization, interoperability within networks,
    privacy and insider threats and other such
    cyber-attacks. This demands for a strong security
    solution at the edge in order to experience a
    smooth migration from 4G to 5G.
  • Top Cybersecurity Companies in Teleocm and their
  • In order to manage the cyber-attacks,
    cybersecurity entities are enforcing several
    approaches and strategies to timely detect the
    cyber-attacks and implement the mandatory steps
    required to mitigate those. Below is a list of
    few of top cybersecurity companies offering
    solutions for telecom industry.
  • 1.1.1        Palo Alto Networks                   
  • Founded in 2005, Palo Alto Networks Inc. is
    headquartered in Santa Clara, California, US. It
    is one of the leading cybersecurity companies
    globally and offers a comprehensive portfolio of
    cybersecurity solutions across cloud, networks
    and mobile devices. ATT, a telecom vendor
    utilizes Palo Altos Next-Generation Firewall to
    support its 5G-enabled IoT, OT and IT use cases.
    Palo Alto has also collaborated with NVIDIA for
    creating a security solution which includes Palo
    Alto Next-Generation Firewall with the NVIDIAs
    BlueField-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) for
    security in virtualized software-defined
  • Palo Altos portfolio of solutions includes
    Network Security, Secure Access Secure Edge,
    Cloud-Native Security, Security Operations, Work
    from Home and Threat and Consulting solutions.
    Recently, in February 2022, the company launched
    its AI-driven platform Cortex XSIAM, which is
    designed to accelerate the threat response. The
    company also upgraded its PAN-OS software,
    developed to collect, analyze and interpret
    potential zero-day threats in real time using
    inline deep learning technique.

  • In October 2021, the company collaborated with
    IBM to build secure 5G networks and address the
    unique security requirements of the telecom
    operators deploying 5G networks and edge
    services. The collaboration is focused on
    protecting the 5G network slice from the network
    attacks through end-to-end slice validation and
    towards enhancing integrated security solutions
    and services such as automation spanning
    multifunction network devices and VNFs, container
    and control plane security.
  • 1.1.2        Microsoft
  • Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is
    headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United
    States. The company is one of the prominent
    leaders in the cybersecurity space. Microsoft
    Securitys product portfolio includes App and
    email security, Compliance services, Endpoint
    security, Identity and Management Access, Network
    Security, Privacy Management, Security Posture
    and SIEM and XDR services. Additionally, the
    company also offers Azure Private 5G Core, which
    is designed to secure the private 5G core network
    on an Azure managed edge platform. The solution
    supports both 4G and 5G standalone radio access
    network and provides centralized orchestration
    and automation of 5G core software, service
    management for configuration, and monitoring.
  • Recently in March 2022, Microsoft revealed its
    Azure Operator Distributed Services which is
    built by combining ATTs Network Cloud
    technology with Azures security, monitoring,
    machine learning, and analytics.1.1.3       
  • Allot, a network and security solutions provider,
    was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Hod
    Hasharon, Israel. The company has wide portfolio
    of security services, which includes Network
    Secure, 5G Net Protect, IoT Secure, Service
    Gateway, ClearSee Network Analytics and Smart5G
    among other services. The company clientele
    includes major telecom vendors such as Vodafone,
    Telenor, Telefonica, Jio, Rakuten and Dish.

  • In February 2022, the company collaborated with
    AWS to jointly develop cloud-based 5G Network
    Intelligence and cybersecurity solutions.
  • 1.1.4        Trend Micro
  • Founded in 1989, Trend Micro is cybersecurity
    software company which is headquartered in
    Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan. The company offers
    solutions AI and ML based solutions such as
    Hybrid Cloud Security, MEC Security, Enterprise
    5G Security Management, Network Security, User
    Protection and Detection and Response. The
    company also incorporates the zero-trust strategy
    and helps in securing private mobile networks,
    such as 5G, 4G/LTE, and NB-IoT, with end-to-end
    security. Trend Micro recently disclosed its
    unified cybersecurity platform which is designed
    by integrating its native services to work in an
    ecosystem where it will co-share its space with
    third-party partners and competitors such as
    Google Cloud, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and
    other such companies.
  • 1.1.5        Kaspersky
  • Kaspersky is another prominent entity in the
    cybersecurity solutions space. The company was
    founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Moscow,
    Russia. The companys products include Endpoint
    Security for Business, Hybrid Cloud Security,
    Endpoint Detection and Response Optimum, Security
    for Internet Gateway, Private Security Network,
    DDoS Protection and others. Telecom companies
    like Tele2 and VimpleCom are the clients of
    Kasperskys Endpoint Security and Security for
    Mail Server services respectively.Kaspersky
    acquired Brain4Net, an SD-WAN and NFV
    orchestration software developer in October 2021,
    to strengthen its cloud security capabilities and
    XDR offerings.

  • 1.1.6        Fortinet
  • Fortinet is cybersecurity solution provider which
    was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in
    Sunnyvale, California, United States. The company
    offers its services for both enterprises and
    small businesses. Its product portfolio includes
    services such as Network Security, Networking and
    Communications, Cloud Security, Zero Trust Access
    and FortiGuard Security, Secure SD-WAN, Fortinet
    Security Fabric and others.
  • In April 2022, the company announced new features
    of FortisOS 7.2 which unifies the convergence of
    networking and security across NGFW, SD-WAN, LAN
    Edge, 5G, ZTNA.
  • 1.1.7        Cisco
  • Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose,
    California, United States, Cisco is a technology
    conglomerate which offers cloud-based
    cybersecurity solutions. It provides solutions
    such as SD-WAN Security, Cisco Secure
    Application, Secure Data Center, Cisco Umbrella
    Mobile Protect and others. The solutions are
    designed to prevent malware and phishing attacks
    through predictive threat intelligence based on
    ML and statistical analysis of data. It also
    offers a secure infrastructure, Cisco SecureX
    which combines solutions such as SASE, XDR, and
    zero trust.
  • Cisco entered a strategic partnership with
    Comcast. Comcast is intending to explore new
    security frameworks such as SASE and zero trust,
    which integrates SD-WAN with advanced security
    solutions, in order to secure business

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