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Telecom execs conclude enterprise security products insufficient for carrier networks

Results of a network security survey released today and conducted by the Yankee Group at its Telecom Industry Forum...


December 19, 2006  


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Results of a network security survey released today and conducted by the Yankee Group at its Telecom Industry Forum in New York City, overwhelmingly point to the fact that enterprise-class security products (such as IDS/IPS, firewalls, etc.) are by themselves inadequate in protecting carrier-class networks.

The survey queried a cross-section of telecom industry executives who agreed that security concerns are paramount as they deploy IP-based services such as VoIP and IPTV. In fact, 100% of respondents ranked security as a top concern.

As carriers migrate to IP-based services, they face the challenge of cost-effectively protecting their networks against damage from a new and evolving breed of sophisticated network attacks.

This concern was reflected in the survey, which found that 85% of respondents felt that today’s enterprise-class security appliances lack the technical capabilities to detect a wide enough range of attacks, and 82% believe these products do not detect threats early enough to defend carrier-class networks.

In addition, the survey highlighted the increasing demand on service providers to furnish “clean pipes,” with 100% of respondents reporting that larger customers are now insisting that they prevent viruses and worms from penetrating their enterprise networks.

“Core infrastructure security has quickly become a top-of-mind issue among today’s telecom carriers,” said Brian Partridge, senior analyst at Yankee Group.

“As carriers launch new IP-based services, they have begun to recognize that their infrastructure is more vulnerable than ever before.

“Meanwhile, the traditional enterprise-class security products struggle to meet the demands of the largest IP networks in the world. The ideal solution is a scalable security system that is truly comprehensive, yet flexible and modular.”