5G Service Providers Must Defend Their Networks

5G technologies are poised to transform the way we live and work. They will also change the way we protect our apps and networks. This month, A10 joined experts from the worlds of industry, academia, and research at the 2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum to discuss ideas and innovations that will protect society as 5G becomes the norm.

There are currently 6.8 billion mobile devices in use and uncountable IoT devices. As 5G matures, the number of those types of devices will swell even further-and so will the number and scale of attacks against service providers. The Mirai botnet brought down one site using 300,000 to 500,000 devices to overwhelm one site with 600 gb of traffic. That was one of the first massive-scale botnet attacks we’ve seen, but it won’t be the last. Attacks that used to take minutes to bring down a network will soon only takes seconds, and service providers are eager to know how they can protect their subscribers and their networks from these rapidly evolving and fast-moving threats.

At the 2018 the IEEE World Forum , Lee Chen, the founder and CEO of A10 Networks, delivered a keynote speech addressing 5G and IoT issues unique to service providers, while Yasir Liaqatullah, A10 Senior Director of Product Management, described the threats exposed by new 5G use cases like evolved Mobile Broadband (eMBB), ultra reliable low latency communication (uRLCC), and massive machine type communication (mMTC).

Attendees at the IEEE World Forum were adamant that service providers shouldn’t count on the manufacturers of IoT devices to build proper security into their products-service providers must take proactive steps to defend their networks and their customers. To help these businesses take control of their security, A10 Networks has already released a new version of the Thunder Convergent Firewall (CFW) Gi/SGi and continues to work on further innovations to defend 5G and IoT deployments.

Visit the A10 website to learn more about how A10 can help you defend your organization against the threats you face now and the ones you’ll face tomorrow.

A10 is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2018 IEEE 5G World Forum

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