Nokia Mines Telecom knowledge to differentiate cyber security

08. 06. 2022 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / The key / Exact time: BST / Print this page

SAN FRANCISCO - Nokia is only one of hundreds of security vendors at this week’s RSA conference, but the former paper maker says its deep telecommunications history and knowledge make it unique among the cyber security masses.

Rodrigo Brito, head of cyber security for Nokia’s cloud and network services, said: In an interview with SDxCentral the manufacturer is focusing on the “topology” of the telecommunications network that allows it to stand out from the crowd.

This includes three-dimensional knowledge of this topology, which allows Nokia to map security incidents to different instances of network functionality, “and knows and can identify where these incidents are actually hidden,” Brito said.

Brito explained that Nokia sees the telecommunications security space as consisting of three different segments.

The first is security, as defined by standards, and he said that these are the security features that were meant when setting standards.

Next is product security, which is the security procedures put in place by manufacturers to address product vulnerabilities. The last is secure operations, which is a security situation after network installation. This is the area where Nokia targets its security offering.

“Once we have installed the network with secure network elements, enabling or disabling standard features as desired by the operator is how we can operate securely,” Brito said.

Nokia is tackling this challenge with a number of security features that customers can access and manage through the security threat dashboard. This is a numerical ranking that takes into account the different security threats that Nokia’s analytics software collects from different installations.

“By calculating the threat score, we can determine the probability that a particular feature will be successfully attacked, and that is also based on the value of the network element from an attack point of view,” Brito said.

Brito said the service provider launched its Extended Detection and Response (XDR) service last year, which included businesses at AT&T, Dish Network and T-Mobile Netherlands.

This was followed by a Cybersecurity Dome product at the end of the year. This product uses a combination of machine learning, end-to-end detection and response (EDR), and automation and response (SOAR) to enable communications providers to monitor, detect, and automatically fix vulnerabilities. Nokia has quickly added these cyber security features to its Managed Software Services (SaaS) platform.

“Public and private networks, networks of critical missions, are our area of ​​expertise,” Brito said. “We don’t go after every vertical, and that’s what sets us apart from other sellers here, because the other suppliers try to make it as general as possible, as flat as possible, to be able to serve the bank at the same time. they serve the hospital and they try to serve the operator. However, they will not have 5G topology awareness on their systems targeting the IP network. They will not have a research team that would investigate 5G incidents at the 5G level. And that’s the value proposition we can bring. And that’s why our customers value us because we have something different than other security providers.”


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