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Mobile networks face growing security crisis, Heavy Reading finds

Equipment vendors must adopt more secure development and design practices to correct the security vulnerabilities in their network infrastructure equipment as mobile operators transition to advanced broadband services, according to a major new...


November 29, 2010  


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Equipment vendors must adopt more secure development and design practices to correct the security vulnerabilities in their network infrastructure equipment as mobile operators transition to advanced broadband services, according to a major new report from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), the research division of Light Reading.

Next-Gen Security Strategies for Mobile Network Infrastructure focuses on what can be done to better secure mobile network infrastructure.

It examines security best practices among the primary suppliers of mobile infrastructure equipment, analyzing their internal product development processes and the measures they take to prevent breaches of those practices.

The report explores security-first product design features relating to the specific requirements of the mobile network, including the design of testing methodologies, logging mechanisms, and ease of patch implementations.

“Until relatively recently, the mobile industry has been somewhat removed from security threats,” says Patrick Donegan, senior analyst at Heavy Reading.

“It has been possible to treat the low-level fraud that has been with the mobile industry since its inception as a minor irritant. The data-oriented direction that the mobile industry is embarking on will expose the mobile network to a variety of new security challenges.”