Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet
The dawning era of 5G is about much more than speeds and availability. Rather, it opens a new era of much richer applications, services, and user experience. While it would be great to have the specifics when it comes to what will be possible, these are still developing – namely, we must remain vague in terms of what 5G will ultimately deliver because it is impossible to predict what will emerge from it. In short, when it comes to 5G, the future is unwritten.
Although 5G standards are still being defined and large-scale commercial deployments are not expected before 2020, one safe bet is that paving the way to the market acceptance and success of 5G services will require a step-function improvement in security safeguards. Any perception that 5G rests on uncertain security foundations will eat away at user confidence and expose system operators and service providers to disappointing investment returns, not to mention legal and regulatory repercussions.
So, what are some of the 5G security challenges?
How to secure an agile and virtual mobile core with 5G
How to integrate security services in the innovative new services offered with 5G such as mobile edge computing (MEC) and network slicing
How to provide a complete ecosystem of security services to generate new revenue, create competitive advantage, and increase customer loyalty
5G holds the promise for increased bandwidth, multitenant-edge computing, and a multitude of innovative services, which will likely empower immersive virtual reality, autonomous ground and air vehicles, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. To successfully launch and maintain customer confidence in these new capabilities, 5G infrastructures will require security that is powerful, scalable, integrated, and agile.
The complexity and dynamic nature of the threat landscape, the pace of adversary innovation, and the global security practitioner shortage provide CSPs and MSSPs an opportunity to provide more managed security services that add value and generate savings for their customers while enabling their digital transformation. To do so, MSSPs need to leverage a security fabric infrastructure that enables the provisioning of a wider range of integrated and automated managed security services in a variety of delivery and consumption modes to satisfy their customers’ requirements.
Security in LTE/5G Mobile Core
The mobile core network requires high performance security solutions to ensure service level attainment without compromising on security. With the move to 5G and the virtualization of mobile infrastructure, bandwidth and data volumes will grow, and new services and technologies will take hold. Security must meet all these changes and provide an answer in this new environment.
Security Services for Mobile Edge Computing
Enabled by 5G and driven by the digital economic/social transformation, MEC will drive innovation in many industries and market segments. The promise of the mobile edge to provide multitenant, high bandwidth and low latency computing, cloud services, machine learning, and more, can fully blossom only when security services are part of this environment.
The ABCs of Delivering Security as a Service (SECaaS)
The growing complexity and sophistication of threats and threat actors, stringent new government regulations, and a growing security practitioner shortage, pose significant challenges to organizations in achieving their security and posture goals. Organizations are looking to CSPs/MSSPs to provide a growing number of security services, value-additions, and knowledge, all in an integrated and automated fashion to meet needs for agility and security.
Security is probably the most essential element that must be addressed for the promised benefits of digital transformation to be realized. As a service provider, your customers are counting on you to provide secure environments that will allow them to innovate and improve their business performance.