Nokia opens mobile broadband security centre in Berlin

Nokia has opened a mobile broadband security centre in Berlin, which the Finnish infrastructure specialist said is designed as a collaboration and knowledge sharing hub for operators, partners, governments and academic institutions.

The kit vendor said the centre is equipped with a fully operational 4G/LTE test network, a research laboratory and a demo area with conference facilities to further enable telecoms security development.

According to Nokia, the shift to all-IP, LTE and small cell networks, as well as the move to the cloud has meant increasing security threats. Mobile malware has also been on the rise, and Nokia said the security centre will provide insight into the wide range of threats and offer help to operators on how to protect their networks, services and users.

“The Nokia Security Center is the vital next stage in our strategy to make mobile broadband security a key differentiator for our company,” Marc Rouanne, EVP, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks said. “Nokia is designing all its products with security built-in and is continuously expanding its security portfolio with our own developments as well as with qualified partner products. Our solutions improve the security of our digital society.”

The centre provides network testing from the core to the device, and as well as Nokia’s security solutions also products from partners can be implemented. Partners include Check Point, F-Secure, Infoblox, Insta DefSec, Juniper and Optenet.

“As IP becomes all pervasive and as security threats become increasingly diverse and sophisticated, network operators can no longer rely on traditional security models,” Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst at Heavy Reading said. “The new Nokia Security Center in Berlin is an important milestone in supporting operators as they seek to respond to the challenges of the new security landscape.”

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