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Ericsson, Thales, and Qualcomm Partnered to Bring 5G to Space

Ericsson, Thales, and Qualcomm Technologies partnered to take 5G out of this world and onto a network of Earth-orbiting satellites. Following detailed research that included multiple studies and simulations, the parties intend to begin smartphone-use-case-focused testing and validation of 5G non-terrestrial networks (5G NTN).

This will provide future 5G smartphones with 5G connectivity anywhere on Earth along with global wideband data service coverage, including areas where only legacy satellite phone systems with limited data connectivity capabilities are available. The advantages of 5G connectivity via low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites are expected to include coverage in extreme geographies or remote areas such as seas, oceans, and other locations where terrestrial coverage is unavailable.

Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, commented, “This testing and validation cooperation between Ericsson, Thales, and Qualcomm Technologies will be a major milestone in the history of communications as the ultimate result could effectively mean that no matter where you are on Earth – in the middle of an ocean or the remotest forest – high-end, secure and cost-effective connectivity will be available through collaborative 5G satellite and terrestrial connectivity.”

This widespread connectivity would improve 5G smartphone subscriber roaming service capabilities while also enabling global connectivity for 5G use cases in transportation, energy, and health. In the event of major network outages or disasters, the space-based network could also be used to provide backup support to terrestrial networks. Because of the expected security capabilities of 5G NTNs, national government communications might be the primary use case, with the goal of improving national security, public safety, and government networks.

John Smee, senior vice president of engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, stated, “For 5G to fulfill the promise of ubiquitous connectivity, it is imperative that it can also deliver network coverage in areas where terrestrial cellular networks do not exist, whether that be over oceans or in remote areas. Our planned research with Ericsson and Thales will kick off an important step in making this vital technology a reality. We are looking forward to what this collaboration can accomplish.”

After the approval by 3GPP, the global telecommunications standards body for testing, and validation. Ericsson, Thales, and Qualcomm Technologies are ready to support non-terrestrial networks for the first time. The testing will aim to validate various technology components required to enable 5G non-terrestrial networks, such as a 5G smartphone, satellite payload, and ground-based 5G network pieces. This research also aims to demonstrate that 5G NTN can be supported in a smartphone form factor, allowing tomorrow’s 5G smartphone to function as a satellite phone. Initial tests will be conducted in a simulated space environment in France, which is home to the majority of Europe’s space-focused industry.

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Enea Completes AdaptiveMobile Security €45 Million Acquisition Deal

Enea announced that it had agreed to buy AdaptiveMobile Security Ltd, a prominent provider of mobile network security solutions. The acquisition has now been finished. On a cash and debt-free basis, the enterprise value of AdaptiveMobile Security is around EUR 45 million. AdaptiveMobile Security is expected to generate revenues of around EUR 17 million in 2021, with an EBIT margin in 2022 that will be near Enea’s operating margin target.

AdaptiveMobile Security develops software and services for mobile core network messaging and signalling security. The firm’s products protect mobile networks, subscribers, and data from all forms of network-based cyberattacks. Unwanted traffic, which can be linked to security issues, service abuse, or revenue loss, is prevented via messaging security. The goal of signalling security is to keep cyberattacks away from taking advantage of signalling transmission. The service combines carrier-grade signalling firewalls, reporting, and advanced monitoring into one package.

More than 80 mobile operators around the world have used AdaptiveMobile Security’s products and services. Mobile operators and communication platform providers are the two main client categories. The solutions are sold as software licenses, managed services, or cloud services, and more than half of its revenue is recurring.

“I am proud to announce an acquisition that significantly strengthens our cybersecurity portfolio. As the global leader in mobile network security, AdaptiveMobile Security expands our market presence and broadens our offering to operators, creating interesting opportunities in areas such as 5G security,” says Jan Häglund, President and CEO of Enea.

“We are thrilled to become part of Enea, a well-respected leader in the telecommunications and security markets. We are aligned on market strategy and can leverage product synergies that will drive market and customer penetration. Our unique offering of security products will enhance Enea’s product offerings, especially in the area of 5G. It is critical to protect mobile networks against an ever-increasing threat landscape to maintain the integrity of national and international communications. Together with Enea, we can now serve a wider range of customers and offer an unrivalled combination of networking and security expertise,” says Brian Collins, CEO of AdaptiveMobile Security.

Brian Collins will lead AdaptiveMobile Security, which will continue to function as a new business unit within Enea under its current name.

AdaptiveMobile Security announced first unified 5G network security solution to secure mobile networks

AdaptiveMobile Security, the global leader in mobile network security, announced a new trio of interlinked 5G security platforms that enable carriers to secure their 5G infrastructure from both internal and external security threats. This is the first unified 5G network security solution, combining a variety of cybersecurity features to secure 5G networks, vertical APIs, slices and subscribers.

5G networks are likely to be the subject of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The security of 5G networks is an order of magnitude more difficult than that of prior mobile technologies. The attack surface has grown in size, telecom and internet technologies are merging, and attacker tools are becoming more freely available. To prevent nation-state adversaries and criminal groups from using other perceived “trusted” networks to perform missions against an operator’s 5G infrastructure, 5G networks must be secured at the interconnects with other networks and systems installed. Internally, networks must be secured against threat actors compromising rogue slices and new application APIs provided by 5G networks. Internally, networks must be secured against threat actors compromising rogue slices and new application APIs exposed by 5G networks must be secured to avoid the creation of new attack vectors.

“As it currently stands, we do not appear to have learned the security lessons from 3G and 4G. Security in 5G networks is not built-in as promised and major vulnerabilities have been exposed even before the technology has been deployed. 5G network core technologies will be fundamentally insecure, and operators face having to protect their networks from both existing and emerging threats. Attackers already have access to the tools and techniques that are known to be effective, exploiting the IT protocols on which 5G architectures are built. Trust is not a security or a business strategy – governments, regulators, mobile operators, and network equipment vendors must all step up and secure the critical infrastructure of 5G networks. Nation-states and cyber-criminal adversaries will take advantage of any security gaps in mobile networks with catastrophic consequences for nations, networks, enterprises and subscribers,” said Brian Collins, CEO, AdaptiveMobile Security.

AdaptiveMobile Security enables governments, regulators, and mobile operators to understand the nature of new threats, pinpoint global threat actors attacking their network, and prevent internal attacks on network slices by identifying and correlating sources of external and internal attacks on 5G networks and subscribers. Mobile operators can analyze, forecast, and protect against attackers’ methods, intentions, infrastructure, and evolution with the 5G network security solution, which proactively maintains defences against known sources of signalling attacks.

“5G is driving the mobile industry into adopting the technology and techniques of the IT world to increase efficiency and improve functionality. However, while laudable, there needs to be a wider mind-set change. When it comes to securing 5G, the telecoms industry needs to fully embrace a holistic and collaborative approach to secure networks across standards bodies, working groups, operators, and vendors. This new unified approach to 5G network security will be critical in protecting operators’ networks, enterprise customer and subscribers from new and emerging cybersecurity threats,” said Dr. Silke Holtmanns, Head of 5G Security Research, AdaptiveMobile Security.

Corero’s latest software release improves DDoS protection at the network edge and for 5G

Corero Network Security plc (AIM: CNS.L), a leading provider of real-time, high-performance, automated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber defense solutions, has released the latest version of its award-winning SmartWall Threat Defense Director product. These new features make it easier than ever for Corero and Juniper clients to keep their businesses running by providing a cutting-edge, an automatic DDoS Protection solution and deploy it as a value-added service to their downstream customers.

Traditional blackholing, out-of-band scrubbing centres, on-demand cloud services, and human intervention are no longer viable business practises as DDoS attacks continue to expand in scale, frequency, and sophistication. Juniper Networks and Corero Network Security are continuing their long-standing and successful partnership to create a groundbreaking new solution against DDoS attacks using Juniper NetworksTM MX Series Universal Routing Platforms and Corero Network Security’s SmartWall software intelligence. This integrated DDoS solution provides automatic, real-time detection and line-rate mitigation, scaling from 100 Gbps to 40 Tbps as a customer’s needs develop. Across the network edge, it uses always-on packet-level monitoring, automated machine analysis, and high-performance infrastructure-based enforcement.

Today, we are highlighting some of the enhancements made to our SmartWall Threat Defense Director (TDD):

  • Visibility into 5G mobile traffic for subscriber-side DDoS protection with GTP payload inspection;
  • Attack source Geolocation and Autonomous System awareness IP intelligence Plug-in;
  • DDoS protection as a service with multi-tenant Service Portal and Tenant-Awareness Plug-in;
  • Flexible upstream Traffic Control with BGP policy for saturation prevention and multi-vendor support.

“The newest enhancements to SmartWall TDD now make it easier than ever for customers to deliver automatic, real-time DDoS protection. Our partnership with Juniper allows both Corero and Juniper to deploy an industry leading DDoS protection solution, leveraging their SDN-enabled MX Series routers and Corero’s software intelligence. These software enhancements enable us to deliver leading protection against the growing threat of DDoS.” said Corero CTO, Ashley Stephenson.