Let’s be FRANC, the UK wants to be a 5G OpenRAN pioneer

The UK Government has launched a £30 million scheme to cement the country’s leadership in developing the next generation of 5G networks.

FRANC (Future RAN Competition) will help to fund innovative R&D projects across the UK to help speed up the adoption of OpenRAN (Open Radio Access Network) technology. Projects vying to claim a share of the funding are encouraged to make proposals that will help to fast-track viable solutions and encourage further business and government...

Nokia Deepfield finds most DDoS attacks originate from under 50 hosting companies

Research from the network intelligence experts at Nokia Deepfield has found that the majority of DDoS attacks originate from fewer than 50 hosting companies.

The researchers analysed a large sample of networks and traced the origins of most DDoS attacks (by frequency and traffic volume).

Nokia Deepfield undertook the research following its observation that DDoS traffic increased 40-50 percent following the implementation of COVID-19 lockdown measures. Since then, the...

FCC hopes its OpenRAN showcase will encourage operators ‘to invest in network security’

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has announced the US telecoms regulator will host an OpenRAN showcase next month.

OpenRAN is one of the industry’s most exciting new trends. The interoperable equipment provides greater flexibility to carriers and helps them to avoid vendor lock-in.

Governments are increasingly becoming cheerleaders of OpenRAN due to the security benefits of having many vendors in a network. This is especially true in many Western countries...

Telcos will be leaders in cloud adoption by 2022 if they deliver on plans

A report from Infosys has found that telecoms firms will be leaders in cloud adoption if they deliver on their migration plans.

Despite the telecoms industry representing a small subset (4%) of the study, the researchers noted how telcos are leading in cloud adoption—focusing their efforts on deploying AI and automation, developing predictive maintenance capabilities, and expanding 5G offerings.

While the pandemic slowed cloud adoption in many industries, the telecoms...

Keeping the connection secure: Protecting the telecommunications industry against ongoing attacks

Shifting from being a necessity to a lifeline, the telecommunications industry is now part of the beating heart for nationwide communications as the world navigates times of disruption and uncertainty. Unfortunately, this makes it a key target for cybercriminals wishing to profit from the information held by an array of businesses. Whether it be through financially driven criminal activity or high-powered state-sponsored attacks, the information being targeted has the potential to bring...

FCC is re-establishing its 5G security council which disbanded in March

The FCC is re-establishing its Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), with a primary focus on improving 5G network security.

CSRIC VII was disbanded in March. Recent cyberattacks such as the high-profile SolarWinds breach have demonstrated the need for CSRIC to re-establish and continue its crucial work.

Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman of the FCC, said:

“I am committed to working with our federal partners and the...

Trend Micro partners with Fujitsu to demo securing a private 5G smart factory

Cybersecurity giant Trend Micro has teamed up with Fujitsu to demonstrate a solution for securing private 5G networks.

The partners simulated a smart factory using private 5G for connectivity and showed how Trend Micro Mobile Network Security is able to keep the network safe.

Akihiko Omikawa, Executive Vice President at Trend Micro, said:

“We’re delighted to be joining forces with Fujitsu to tackle the immense challenge of cybersecurity for private...

Dish selects Palo Alto Networks for assistance with 5G security

Dish Network will call on Palo Alto Networks to help with security measures in building the first cloud-native, OpenRAN-based 5G wireless network in the US.

Palo Alto Networks was selected to assist with container security, network slicing, real-time threat correlation and dynamic security enforcement. More specifically, Dish plans to use Palo Alto’s VM-series and CN-series Next-Generation Firewalls, along with Prisma Cloud.

Dish is working on a greenfield 5G build...

US plans ‘aggressive’ cyber offensive against Russia in retaliation for SolarWinds attack

The Biden administration is planning an “aggressive” cyber offensive against Russia in retaliation for the devastating SolarWinds attack that was traced back to the Kremlin.

According to The Telegraph, the attack is expected within the next fortnight and will not target civilian structures or networks.

Both US government agencies and private companies were infiltrated as part of the large SolarWinds attack that was detected late last year—the full extent of which...

Vodafone calls for cybersecurity policies to support the recovery of SMEs

Vodafone is calling on the government to support the pandemic recovery of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by introducing new cybersecurity policies.

According to a report (PDF) commissioned by Vodafone and published today, almost a quarter of SMEs – representing around 1.3 million businesses – claim they would not be able to continue operating following a cyberattack.

The report’s findings show how many SMEs have been left teetering following the...