Nokia opens network cybersecurity testing and research lab

10. 05. 2022 Tuesday / By: Robert Denes / Reviews / Exact time: BST / Print this page

N okia wants to bite a bite out of cybercrime by launching a new, full-featured 5G test lab in Dallas, which the Finnish company says is the first cyber security test lab of its kind.

Named Advanced Security Testing and Research (ASTaR for short), the lab expects to go beyond individual network elements and focus on the broader context of network usage and abuse scenarios.

Nokia says 5G has elements that make it particularly vulnerable to hackers and other vile activities, including the widespread use of open source software and the widespread use of 5G in many industries.

Nokia said Monday that the Advanced Security Testing and Research Lab will develop secure platforms and approaches to mitigate network threats and address cyber security issues. Leveraging the capabilities of Nokia Bell Labs, the new lab, which focuses on security forensics and research, will also help the cybersecurity community identify potential network vulnerabilities and other threat vectors.

Nishant Batra, Nokia’s Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, said: “5G will enable a myriad of new services for consumers, government and businesses, and the industry needs to be increasingly vigilant in ensuring the security of these 5G ecosystems”. "The ASTaR lab will be an ideal testing ground to assess security in the broader context of network use and abuse."

Nokia and its operators, corporate and government customers will be able to use ASTaR as a central cyber security repository.

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