Telecoms Security, 2017 – a moment of truth. And 2018…

Posted Sunday, December 31st, 2017 by Richard Clunan

2017 was a moment of truth for telecoms security. Highly organised criminal networks are resolutely here, and they’re going nowhere.

In subscribers’ newsfeeds through 2017: Bank Accounts Drained Thru Exploitation of Weaknesses in SS7 Protocol; Mass Hack of Cell Phones Ensnares Washington, D.C., Area; Why Are Creepy SS7 Spying Flaws Still Unfixed After Years …the list goes on.

MNOs, security vendors, and subscribers – we share the same concerns. The US Congress has been lobbying the Telcos, asking “What have you done about these security vulnerabilities?” The media will be all over this in 2018.

In the face of relentless attacks, Network Operators are battening the hatches.

Rocco tracked down 57 MNOs with Signalling Firewalls, across 49 countries, and surveyed them. Rocco’s research, we’re pleased to say, is based on customers’ feedback. That makes it valuable for networks looking to deploy a Signalling Firewall. 22 vendors were rated.

Cellusys is Tier 1 overall, and a real leap ahead of all other vendors on the Innovation criterion. That’s significant – Why mobile networks need a culture of innovation to combat fraud.

Not matter how good the research methodology, any approach has limits. Signalling Firewalls are quite new in networks. When operators are rating ‘flexibility of the system’ for example, they rate their experience with their own system, and they may have a less thorough knowledge of some of the other options available.

Still, Rocco’s research is essential and valuable to a network’s assessment of vendors. Clearly demos are an important next step.

If you’d like to talk more or schedule a demo, email [email protected]

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