Utimaco and Nokia are expanding their collaboration to secure the future of 5G mobile networks

07. 04. 2022 Thursday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

F innish telecommunications company Nokia and global IT security solutions provider Utimaco are jointly developing 5G security solutions for Core mobile networks, expanding the collaboration between the two companies.

The combined technology will further enhance the security of 5G networks, from private networks to national networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

The introduction of the 5G standard for mobile broadband networks began in 2019 and has now been introduced in 24 European countries. The higher bandwidth of 5G networks means that users can achieve download speeds of up to 10 gigabytes / sec to download a full Blu-ray disc in five seconds. The dual benefits of high speed and low latency allow for anything from 4K streaming and gaming to sharing scientific data, controlling autonomous vehicles, and enabling industrial automation to create networks of IoT devices in homes and cities.

As 5G becomes more widespread in the EU, regulators have begun to define a regulatory framework to protect encryption keys, allowing users to control who other users on the network say to whom. This public key infrastructure (PKI) is used in hundreds of applications in the digital world, and Utimaco is at the forefront of implementing this technology and more in telecommunications, government, the banking sector, cloud services, and many other industries.

Security solution from Nokia and Utimaco allows any size network to integrate high-level user authentication and key agreement protocols from 2G to 5G connections, while supporting quantum-proof algorithms to protect against next-generation cyber-attacks . The solution can also be customized for the special needs of communication service providers. This new solution also leverages Nokia's Subscriber Data Management capabilities to protect customer data and strengthen endpoint security.

Mario Galatovic, vice president of products and alliances at Utimaco, says: “5G is not just a faster version of existing mobile standards. It was created to fundamentally change the way devices interact, so cities can connect huge sensor networks and factories can stream real-time data from their autonomous machines. We are only now beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible when you can connect to everything from a desktop computer to a smart light bulb with incredible speed and stability, so it is vital that security protocols are in place to protect devices on these networks."

Marcelo Cheminn Madruga, Head of Core Network Technologies and Platforms for Nokia Cloud and Network Services, added: “As the scale and sophistication of cybercrime continues to grow, there is a relentless need to strengthen our cyber security capabilities within Nokia and with our company. partners. For our communications provider and corporate customers, security is paramount, and we are pleased to further strengthen our collaboration with Utimaco and our joint efforts to strengthen our security tools. Combining the benefits of Nokia's subscriber data management solution with UTIMACO HSM endpoint security is a good example of this.”

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