In 5G Era Security Should Be Of Top Priority For Telcos : A10 Networks

An A10 Networks survey revealed that 94% respondents expect growth in network traffic, connected devices and mission-critical IoT use cases to significantly increase security and reliability concerns for 5G networks.

India, like many other nations, would be embracing 5G in a year or two and consumers of 5G services will be thrown open to multitude of differential services over what they are getting from 3G and 4G. This will also open up new revenue streams for the telcos, specifically, the Indian ones, that are battered by the steep competition in the market that was induced since the entry of Reliance Jio.

However, as they say with great power comes great responsibility, telcos that would be offering 5G services in the coming days, will also have to be extra careful in how they secure their networks and their customers’ private data, says A10 Networks, an expert in network security and one of the pioneers of 5G security solutions.

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“Mobile carriers anticipate significant revenue opportunities and exciting new use cases as they move forward with their 5G deployments. However, the industry also recognizes that 5G will dramatically raise the stakes for ensuring the security and reliability of these networks,” said Ravi Raj Bhat, Global Field Chief Technology Officer, A10 Networks.

To prove a point, the US based firm recently had conducted a survey in partnership with Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network. The survey gathered insights from 145 telco and cloud service providers worldwide, including India, to understand industry intentions, priorities and concerns about 5G.

The survey revealed that 94% respondents expect growth in network traffic, connected devices and mission-critical IoT use cases to significantly increase security and reliability concerns for 5G networks.

“New mission-critical applications like autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and remote patient monitoring will make network reliability vital to the safety and security of people and businesses. Meanwhile, dramatic increases in traffic rates and connected devices will significantly expand the attack surface and scale for cyber criminals,” Bhat added.

Citing the study findings, Bhat said the telcos do understand the importance of security measures required during the 5G era and around 79% respondents are actively considering ramping up investments related to various security aspects.

“Operators overwhelmingly understand the importance of upgrading security in a more connected and smart world,” continued Bhat. “Now it’s time to take decisive action. Carriers need to move ahead aggressively with their plans to upgrade legacy DDoS protection and consolidate security services at the core and edge of their networks to address the growing concerns. A10 Networks 5G security solutions including Gi/SGi firewall, GTP firewall and AI based DDoS protection enable operators to secure and scale their networks now and protect against the massive cyber threat coming with 5G.”

The primary security issues that the study spotted are related to DDoS, with 63% respondents said advanced DDoS protection is the most important security capability needed for 5G networks.

As millions of devices will be connected in the 5G era and IoT becomes mainstream, gathering data will be of prime importance and any denial of service or not bale to collect data from these devices will wreak havoc to the dependent industry or enterprises.

A10 Networks, that deployed its 5G solutions in many South Asian operators, is also in talks with many India telcos to deploy its 5G security solutions.

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