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Tackling new threats from LTE

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 25, 2012
What are the dangers and security challenges of LTE and how should operators deal with them? Simeon Coney, vice president of Business Development at Adaptive Mobile provides some answers.

Other solutions include the control of access to information, monitoring, security-as-a-service for network operator subscribers and enforceable acceptable-use policies for their enterprise customers.

AdaptiveMobile works very closely with operators to enable them to actively protect their subscribers.

Your company recently conducted a study on the impact of mobile phones on children. What kind of dangers are today's kids exposed to? Does your study suggest any solutions?

Parents need to maintain an awareness of who their children are communicating with and how they use their mobile phone. Some of the common dangers that children are exposed to through their smart devices include sexting, cyber bullying, inappropriate content, smartphone addiction, inappropriate contact with adults, bill shock. The findings from the research would be consistent across the globe.

Children are more susceptible to downloading applications over their mobile devices for obvious reasons. AdaptiveMobile's solutions empower parents to control and filter information on their child's smart device. For example, parents would be able to block specific numbers or filter the numbers to prevent threats such as cyber bullying or inappropriate contact.

As a parent would set certain parameters and restrictions on the PC, likewise, the same control has to be applied over the smart device.

Going forward, how do you see the threat landscape evolving in this region? What can operators and enterprises do to stay safe from emerging threats?

Today's threats are constantly evolving and are doing so at a fast pace. Asia is an attractive target for threats because many countries here are early adopters of technology. Countries like Singapore have a relatively affluent population, strong mobile device penetration, high level of income and disposable income.

In launching any service, current as well as future, operators need to consider all aspects of security. Be it the launch of a new app store or the launch of a new device or services like LTE, they have to consider the effect, not just that standard of security, but what happens over the top of that.

The key for operators is to understand that subscriber trust is a fairly critical underlying business metric. Without trust in the network or its services, there is an increased likelihood that subscribers either jump to other networks operators or stop consuming the services altogether.

Operators need to have infrastructure in place that would ensure trust is not jeopardised. The success of services such as mobile banking are heavily dependent on how confident customers are with the service, they have to trust the integrity of the service to ensure that their valuable information will not be compromised.

Operators can start by deploying or having a philosophy of a discrete security capability within their network. Security should not be just another tick on the list when making a purchase, it has to be an ethos that is driven across services and infrastructure.

 

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