Cisco to offer increased Mobile Security for 5G Users and Carriers


As security demands increase in the upcoming era of 5G mobile networks, Mobile World Congress (MWC), an event being held in Barcelona, Spain witnessed a lot of enthusiasm on this note.

Cisco hopes to play a key role in this aspect and so has turned up to the event with a new Security Architecture for mobile service providers.

“As the sophistication of mobile networks takes place in the era of 5G, an increase in attack surface and associated risk to the mobile operators will be witnessed on a gradual note”, said Gee Rittenhouse, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Cisco Security Business Group.  He added that mitigating the risk will require a cautious approach and that is what Cisco is going to deliver in future to defend users and carriers from futuristic cyber attacks.

While Cisco is already having aggregate security technologies in market affiliated to security, Rittenhouse stated that there needs to be a new approach that aids in protecting mobile traffic and subscriber data across physical as well as virtualized mobile infrastructure.

Cisco’s New Security Architecture devised for upcoming 5G mobile networks will have all new software which will be available on Cisco’s current carrier-class platforms including the ASR 900; Firepower 9300 and 4100 series, and the ASAv virtual appliance.

On an additional note, and on taking the scalability factor into account;  the clustering technology of Cisco Firepower will allow mobile carriers to scale up to 5 times the Cisco Firepower 9300 Chassis or up to 16 Cisco Firepower 4100 Series Chassis, to obtain optimized security gateway performance which will be in proportion to the growth of mobile network demand.

Coming to the services, Cisco Umbrella will be offered by American Networking Giant for service providers who will get a cover of Secure Internet Gateway(SIG) technology that is capable of filtering and protecting traffic from malware and limit all kinds of web-based security risks.

At MWC, Cisco announced on a further note that it will also offer device security components that will help enhance Samsung devices with visibility and data intelligence capabilities.

More details are awaited!

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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