At the Mobile World Congress 2014, Barcelona, Clavister will launch its LTE Small Cell security solution for mobile network operators.
Clavister today said the solution provides authenticated, encrypted connectivity from multiple small cell base stations to 4G and LTE mobile cores, protecting the network and subscriber data traffic against unauthorized access and interception.
Research firm Heavy Reading estimates that cell site numbers will grow by around 50 percent globally by 2016, with a majority of these being micro- and small cells that cannot be physically secured as easily as conventional mobile base stations.
Clavister’s solution is a virtualized environment running on x86 Intel Architecture-based platforms, greatly reducing cost and deployment time. It features next-generation firewalling for packet core security; encryption from eNode B to small cells, ensuring data integrity and secure backhaul; and enables intelligent mobile data offload to Wi-Fi networks.
John Vestberg, CEO of Clavister, said: “Our LTE Small Cell Security solution enables virtualized network security zones for small cells, with encryption to protect subscriber traffic against breaches. It achieves this with a small footprint, enabling rapid, highly flexible deployment with no performance penalty.”
Clavister’s LTE Small Cell Security solution is based on its Virtual Security Gateway next-generation firewall (NGFW). When deployed on an operator’s LTE network, the Gateway acts as an IPsec termination point from multiple small cell base stations, providing authenticated and encrypted connectivity to the mobile network core.
The company said that virtualization enables segregation of traffic from different small cells, with the ability to apply different policies and feature sets. This delivers full protection in mobile operators’ distributed environments.