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LTE/VoLTE, Software-Defined Networks and the Internet of Things: Security Implications for Communications Service Providers

Published: 13 August 2014

ID: G00260624

Analyst(s): Deborah Kish

Summary

Technology changes, such as 4G/LTE, SDN and NFV, bring new interfaces and protocols as well as new business models. But they create serious security risks for communications service providers rolling out the technology. Here we provide recommendations for CSP CTOs and CIOs on mitigating these risks.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The Internet of Things and the growing number of connected devices should alert the CSP CTO and CIO to increased network vulnerabilities, as each device represents a new entry point for a variety of attackers
  • Application-driven communications and LTE roaming are the primary elements that the CSP CTO needs to watch closely, as they create emerging network risks
  • SDN/NFV, LTE/VoLTE and network-sharing activities create security risks the CSP CTO and CIO must be aware of, due to trust and "open everything" concepts
    • SDN and NFV
    • Network Sharing

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