Building Security into the 5G DNA

Blog: Ericsson Spotlight VIdeo

A10 Networks has been addressing 5G security challenges for mobile operators as they have launched their 5G networks over the last year or more. Now, operators are kicking it up and planning or launching the next phase of 5G – the move to cloud-native technology, edge compute architectures and a stand-alone 5G core (5GC). 5G security remains top-of-mind for operators as they move into this next stage.

A10 has been a leader in cloud-native 5G security because we anticipated that this was the direction that operators would be taking.

Last year, we participated in a demonstration of the Linux Foundation’s end-to-end cloud-native 5G network proof of concept at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon with our stand-alone A10 Thunder® cloud-native firewall. This first-of-its-kind proof-of-concept (PoC) was a fully containerized, end-to-end 5G non-stand-alone (NSA) distributed cloud network.

In this Ericsson Spotlight interview, A10’s Yasir Liaqatullah, Vice President of Product Management and Folke Anger, Head of Solution Line Packet Core at Ericsson Digital Services discuss why a tightly integrated firewall in the data plane with minimal impact on latency is critical. The Packet Core Firewall recently announced by Ericsson and powered by A10 Networks takes the next step towards overcoming new challenges as the industry enters the next phase of 5G deployment.

The Ericsson Packet Core Firewall combines cloud-native user-plane threat mitigation and advanced security functions. It addresses security use cases for user plane deployments in MBB and IoT segments.

By deploying Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core including Ericsson Packet Core Gateway with integrated Packet Core Firewall powered by A10 Networks, operators are provided a seamless path to 5G migration with strong, consistent security using advanced threat recognition and machine learning for protection against DDoS attacks, roaming intrusions and other IoT and internet-based threats.

For more information on Ericsson Packet Core Firewall, visit


Terry Young
October 27, 2020

About Terry Young

Terry Young is Director of 5G Marketing at A10 Networks. She is responsible for developing programs and marketing material that describe business value of A10 solutions for mobile network operators and other service providers. Prior to A10 Networks, Terry has 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry, including AT&T (mobile and fixed businesses), where she developed market strategy recommendations for new business initiatives for AT&T. As a principal analyst for a syndicated market research company early in the 3G technology introduction, her 3G/4G market analysis and forecasts were published by the UMTS Forum. She also previously held positions with several start-up mobile infrastructure and software vendors, including Infoblox and Palo Alto Networks. Terry has an MBA from Arizona State University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. READ MORE