Mobile security

Arbor Unveils a Network Security 'DVR'

Network attacks may be increasingly inevitable, but 83% of enterprises say they are unprepared for them, according to new research from Arbor Networks.

In conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Arbor Networks surveyed 360 senior business leaders across the globe about the readiness for cyberattacks. The results indicated that they aren't all that ready for attacks, a scary finding since Arbor says that attacks are inevitable and more sophisticated than ever.

In fact, 77% of respondents said they have had an "incident" in the past two years, and 38% have no response plans if future incidents occur. Only 17% of businesses said they were fully prepared for an online security incident, with most leaning on their IT departments to take the lead.

Not surprisingly, security firm Arbor Networks has a way to help enterprises get prepared. The survey results are timed with the launch of Arbor's Prevail Security Analytics, the first product to spring from its acquisition of Packetloop last September.

Arbor describes the big-data platform (cloud-based or on-premises) as a "DVR" for network security, letting enterprises see live network traffic data and play, pause, or rewind it as needed for threat detection, incident response, and security forensics. Tuning in can show them not only when they've been breached, but how they were breached and what systems were affected. (See Defending the Mobile Core.)

Arbor isn't the only one currently making waves in network security:

  • Nokia Networks is opening a Mobile Broadband Security Center in Berlin at which its operator customers, business and research partners, and public authorities can discuss telco-centric security research on mobile broadband. The center will be open for business in the later part of 2014. (See NSN Plans Mobile Broadband Security Center in Berlin.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is also jumping on the trend of building a dedicated center for security issues. The carrier is opening an intelligent cyberdefense center at the end of the year to identify cyberattacks "significantly earlier than was previously possible." It's working with Deutsche Telekom's Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT) to provide network monitoring at the center and with T-Systems International GmbH to develop new cyber-security services.

  • Revenue management vendor CSG Systems International Inc. (Nasdaq: CSGS) has launched CSG Invotas, a new services division focused on enterprise security. The company says Invotas provides "proven automation and orchestration solutions to respond in real time to emerging and ongoing cyber attacks." (See CSG Intros Enterprise Security Business.)

  • Heavy Reading is holding a Mobile Network Security Strategies one-day conference in London on May 21 where senior analyst Patrick Donegan will host a day of discussion and networking devoted to all manner of mobile network security issues. Building on the success of its fall event in New York, the day will focus on how the network can safeguard mobile carriers' network assets while protecting their customers from security attacks. (See Coffee, Tea, or Network Security?, Pics From Mobile Network Security Strategies, and AT&T's Amoroso: LTE, Virtualization & Cloud Mean New Security Challenges.)

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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