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5G Security & Scale

Mobile Operators are future-proofing their networks and applications to get ready for the mainstream adoption of 5G and IoT devices, with agile consolidated solutions, which result in improved security efficacy, higher reliability and lower TCO.

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Legacy Networks Must Upgrade Security Now

Mobile networks must be ready for 5G and the impact of demanding new enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communications (MMTC) solutions or risk losing subscribers and new revenue opportunities.

 

This disruption needs new technologies that deliver major security, automation and agility benefits. Automation via artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics combined with hyperscale delivery in flexible form factors is essential.

Legacy Security is Inadequate

94 percent of communication service providers believe security and reliability concerns will increase with 5G. 5G security is critical for emerging use cases to be successful and infrastructure to be reliable. New use cases will drive stringent new security and latency requirements, for example with connected cars or telementored surgery, where disruptions could be catastrophic.

Security systems need to replace legacy security systems with those capable of automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and threat intelligence as network demand exponentially increases and the threat surface increases.

5G & IoT Demand Hyperscale

5G and IoT demands can be inherently different than 4G/LTE with a myriad of use cases and security implications, such as smaller packet sizes in MMTC use cases, and larger transfer rates with eMBB. More throughput, packets and concurrent sessions will be experienced. Additionally, confidentiality protection and integrity of subscriber traffic for mobile backhaul protection is key for IoT security.


Legacy solutions offer limited options to prepare for 5G NSA and SA networks. They cannot provide the automation for security efficiency, consolidated services for lower latency, scalability and performance that 5G networks will demand.

Lack of Agility & Visibility

To assure sustainable revenue growth, flexibility in form factor choice is essential. Static, monolithic systems with fixed licensing models cannot meet the agility of SDN/NFV infrastructure that needs to adapt and rapidly scale to changing business needs on-demand.

 

The lack of critical security and infrastructure automation, coupled with manual analysis and compliance processes make legacy systems unsuitable for the next generation 5G deployments where these problems will be magnified.

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Modernize Your 4G/LTE Network Now for 5G Success

Unlike previous generational changes, the 5G rollout will be an evolutionary process - think of it not as a destination but a journey. However, mobile operators should not wait until the marketplace shakes out - that just gives competitors the first-mover advantage. The winning strategy is to act now. By carefully investing in upgrades to support specific 5G use cases, network operators can monetize their existing 4G/LTE infrastructure and modernize in preparation for the eventual migration to a full 5G architecture.

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