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5G Raises Risks for En­ter­prises Slow to Re­spond to Threats

En­ter­prises adopt­ing 5G con­nec­tiv­ity need to pre­pare for new se­cu­rity threats ac­com­pa­ny­ing the network.

- Ted Krit­so­nis

Ev­ery new gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile tech­nol­ogy brings with it a new gen­er­a­tion of se­cu­rity is­sues. This in­cludes the modern mo­bile IOT and 5G en­vi­ron­ments, as more de­vices and more data mean more tar­gets for cy­ber at­tacks. Se­cu­rity re­mains a top con­cern and tech­ni­cal bar­rier for en­ter­prises to adopt 5G and IOT.

“En­ter­prises don’t have vis­i­bil­ity into the cel­lu­lar pro­to­cols spe­cific to the 5G net­works.

If they can’t see the pro­to­cols that are pro­pri­etary to the cel­lu­lar network, it be­comes even more dif­fi­cult to en­force se­cu­rity poli­cies,” says Lak­shmi Kan­dadai, Di­rec­tor of Prod­uct and So­lu­tions mar­ket­ing at Palo Alto Net­works.

It isn’t suf­fi­cient to rely on “legacy and dis­parate se­cu­rity so­lu­tions,” she adds. Large en­ter­prises de­ploy­ing siloed ser­vices from dozens of ven­dors could end up­with a frag­mented re­sponse when an at­tack does hap­pen. Not only is the­man­ual threat re­sponse time con­sum­ing and costly, it also in­creases at­tacker dwell time and puts or­ga­ni­za­tions at risk.

Speedy re­sponse

With 5G net­works comes a greater re­liance on cloud and edge com­put­ing, cre­at­ing a highly- dis­trib­uted ar­chi­tec­ture that spans across multi-ven­dor and multi- cloud in­fra­struc­tures. It’s cru­cial that cy­ber­se­cu­rity mea­sures act in real time, con­sis­tent with the faster speeds that 5G prom­ises. Se­cur­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and data across the en­ter­prise 5G network, cel­lu­lar IOT, and edge clouds is the key challenge.

“En­ter­prises are adopt­ing 5g to ac­cel­er­ate their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and they de­mand the same level of en­ter­prise- grade se­cu­rity on their new 5G network,” says Sree Ko­ratala, Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Man­age­ment at Palo Alto Net­works. “A holis­tic plat­form ex­tended to sup­port 5G pro­to­cols and scale of op­er­a­tions gives them the op­por­tu­nity to bring gran­u­lar se­cu­rity con­trols into the en­ter­prise 5G network.”

It’s cru­cial that cy­ber­se­cu­rity mea­sure­sact in real time, con­sis­tent with the­faster speed­sthat5g prom­ises.

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 ??  ?? Lak­shmi Kan­dadai Di­rec­tor of Prod­uct & So­lu­tions Mar­ket­ing, Palo Alto Net­works
Lak­shmi Kan­dadai Di­rec­tor of Prod­uct & So­lu­tions Mar­ket­ing, Palo Alto Net­works
 ??  ?? Sree Ko­ratala Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Man­age­ment, Palo Alto Net­works
Sree Ko­ratala Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Man­age­ment, Palo Alto Net­works

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