MWC 2017: Cisco unveils security architecture for mobile operators

Cisco cuts revenue growth target to 3 percent to 6 percentCisco has unveiled its Security Architecture for mobile service providers at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Barcelona.

Telecom operators need to update security to protect the content and data running on rapidly growing devices as they prepare for 5G.

The anticipated growth in networked devices globally — 26.3 billion in 2020 from 16.3 billion in 2015 – prompting telecom operators to deploy security solutions across the entire mobile network.

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Cisco said its Security Architecture offers multi-layered protection across the network, the endpoint (device) and the cloud to protect telecom operators which are making transition to 5G, investments in virtualization and cloud technology.

“Security is the business enabler for mobile service providers to confidently move forward with network transformation, virtualization and pave a path towards 5G,” said Gee Rittenhouse, senior vice president, Engineering, Security Business Group at Cisco.

Leading mobile service providers and device manufacturers including Deutsche Telekom, Samsung, Vodafone Hutchinson Australia and others are deploying a mix of security solutions from Cisco.

“Service providers can take advantage of a cloud-delivered security platform like Cisco Umbrella for Service Providers to deliver new revenue-generating services to enable a safe and secure Internet experience to our customers,” said Dirk Backhofen, head of Deutsche Telekom Security.

Cisco Security Architecture

Cisco introduces its Security Gateway (SecGW) solutions, supported by the Firepower 9300 and Firepower 4100 Series firewall appliances, ASR 900 Series routers and Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv).

Cisco security on the device enables enterprises and service providers to extend visibility and device-level protection to offer robust mobile device platform for the enterprise. Cisco and Samsung will deliver visibility and data intelligence to business customers via Samsung Knox, Cisco AnyConnect and Cisco Stealthwatch solutions.

Service providers can deliver new revenue streams by offering new managed security services from their own managed cloud, or Cisco-managed cloud environments.

Cisco’s cloud-delivered security platform helps service providers address the needs of their customers, while creating a new revenue opportunity for their business.

Cisco’s Cisco Umbrella security service, with Cisco Evolved Packet Core (EPC), is available to run on the Cisco Ultra Services Platform or Cisco ASR 5500 Series routers to deliver a more secure Internet experience to any mobile device.