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LTE Brings Myriad Security ConcernsLTE Brings Myriad Security Concerns

Latest LR poll suggests LTE users have a lot of concerns about the security of their 4G network.

Sarah Thomas

November 12, 2013

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LTE Brings Myriad Security Concerns

The good news about LTE is that it's an all-IP network, which mean it's as high-speed and robust as broadband. The bad news is that it's an all-IP network, which means it's exposed to both the threats of a broadband network and those unique to mobile.

In fact, in a recent Light Reading poll, our community members had a hard time agreeing on just one mobile security concern for LTE. When asked, just over 20 percent said that criminals stealing sensitive customer information was their biggest security concern on LTE, but that was followed closely by 17.5 percent who were concerned about attackers triggering network outages and degradations and 16.5 percent who said that insecure mobile operating systems and apps were their biggest concern.

Another 14.6 percent were worried about human error -- customers unknowingly downloading malware that can affect the network. But, most people trusted the established protocols, with only 9 percent suggesting they could have vulnerabilities.

Taking out those 18.9 percent of people who didn't know what the biggest mobile security concern for LTE was, as well as those 2.8 percent that voted "other," here's a snapshot of how the rest voted:

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We will be holding our next live chat on this very topic on Thursday, November 14, at 11:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. PST with Heavy Reading senior analyst Patrick Donegan, who will also be leading Light Reading's Mobile Network Security Strategies conference next month in NYC. We'll be discussing important issues like how real each of these threats are, what operators can do about them, and what they mean for end users.

You can join the chat on Thursday, right here on our Live Chat Message Boards.

Be sure to join us for both events and bring your questions on LTE security. In the meantime, brush up on the mobile security market with our extensive coverage below. Hope to see you there.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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