European carrier Telefónica has unveiled a collaborative security working environment aimed at helping developers and researchers create and share their own digital intelligence gathered from different sources. It offers security researchers and intelligence analysts and developers a free infrastructure to create topologies using the modules available in the community as well as custom developed modules.
Telefónica’s Big Data Director Richard Benjamins has urged the European Union to unify the continent’s telecoms market and level the playing field between operators and OTT players. He said unless action to create more transparent and fairer market is taken soon, Europe will lose its chance to be at the forefront of Big Data.
Identity and authentication service provider SecureKey has announced a collaboration with Oberthur Technologies, which delivers SIMs and SIM-based software to drive further competition in the mobile identity service market. The agreement will enable SecureKey to extend its authentication capabilities to support SIM-based secure elements.
Jonathan Olsson, responsible for security technology at the Ericsson CTO office, talks to Telecoms.com about the evolution of the security landscape, how this is affected by the move to LTE and why the firm is urging industry players to sign up to 3GPP’s SECAM security assurance standards.
Finnish network vendor Nokia has announced that it is launching a dedicated Security unit at the beginning of next month that it claims will create “additional value” for operators and “make security a positive differentiator”. The new unit will be part of the Mobile Broadband division of Nokia’s Networks business.
A study published this week by F-Secure has found that 99 per cent of mobile security threats that emerged in the first quarter of the year are targeted towards the Android platform.
The number of DNS-based distributed denial of service (DDoS) amplified attacks has increased significantly in recent months, according to DNS applications provider Nominum. The firm said that the attacks, performed by hackers targeting vulnerable home routers worldwide, can create ten seconds of Gbps of traffic to disrupt individuals, enterprises, websites and networks.
Russian operator Rostelecom has revealed that it used a DNS-based network security solution to protect its free wifi hotspots at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games last month.
Orange Business Services, the enterprise-focused subsidiary of telecoms operator Orange has acquired French cybersecurity firm Atheos for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal Orange will integrate Atheos’ 130 cybersecurity experts and personnel, and consolidate its security services under a new brand.
Alcatel-Lucent has made its first foray into the cyber security sector by partnering with security specialist Arbor Networks to deliver DDoS (distributed denial of service) protection to Telindus Telecom in Luxembourg.
Nine million units of Apple’s new iPhone models, the 5s and 5c, were sold during the first three days’ of their availability, Apple has announced. Apple said the total was a record for a new iPhone and that the demand had meant its initial supply of the flagship 5s had been exhausted. Online orders should be shipped “in the coming weeks,” the firm said.
Operator group Vodafone has admitted that it has been the victim of a hacking attack in Germany. The operator said it had been subject to a “highly sophisticated and illegal intrusion” into one of its servers in Germany. This has resulted in the theft of approximately two million German customers’ data.
Deutsche Telekom late Friday said it will avoid routing customers’ email traffic through US hosted infrastructure and will step up email security in the wake of the NSA PRISM spying scandal.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has launched a digital security company in a bid to drive innovation in security.
UK operator group Vodafone has struck a five-year deal with British defence firm BAE Systems. The two have penned a partnership to provide businesses with a range of advanced communications security products and services for smartphones and tablets. BAE Systems has also selected Vodafone as its preferred supplier of mobile communications worldwide, excluding the US.
Commerzbank has adopted a visual transaction signing tool from UK security firm Cronto for its online banking customers, designed to protect against Trojan malware.
Mobile and NFC payment technologies have been on the rise in recent years. But with many merchants and retail outlets still reluctant to invest in the new technologies, and with the rise of fraud in existing solutions, industry participants are divided over how and whether the technology will ever gain widespread acceptance in developed markets.
The world’s major telecoms operators are seeing their business squeezed by new firms, many of which offer services that make use the operators’ networks, but bring little or no benefit to the operators themselves. In areas where networks once made most of their money, margins continue to shrink. In the face of this competition, telecoms firms need to move fast to reinvent themselves and grow their profits.
While the future may seem bleak, the established telecoms operators have two trump cards up their sleeves: saleable Big Data and customer trust. If they play them in the right way, they’ll help transform the companies back into the industry’s innovators.
Operators stand to lose between $1m to $2m over a one to three day period, as a result of fraudulent SMS campaigns, according to an ex-GCHQ official. Gareth Maclachlan, now COO at Adaptive Mobile, a firm he co-founded, said that cyber-criminals have been carrying out spam and phishing campaigns in the PC/fixed-line internet world for years, but are seeing even bigger opportunities by targeting mobile operators, due to the way the mobile ecosystem is set up.
Marc Norlain, CEO & co-founder of Ariad Next, talks to telecoms.com about the growing threat operators face in terms of fraud at the point of sale and how to combat it. By removing much of the paper-based subscription process, Norlain describes an additional benefit in terms of cost saving.