Nokia has announced plans to address the critical security needs of 5G networks, unveiling an enhanced security programme and advanced security testing and verification laboratory.
The new initiatives, which will extend the network provider’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of security, are set to focus on end-to-end (E2E), mission critical networks that “will define the 5G era”.
Building on the success of its “industry-leading” Design for Security (DFSEC) process, Nokia has launched the upgraded DFSEC 2.0 to carry out additional verification work in areas such as E2E identity management and network slicing.
According to a statement, another key advance which is expected to drive this movement is Software Defined Networking (SDN) – with distributed cloud infrastructure and augmented intelligent control systems – as it will allow networks to scale in the 5G era.
In order to support the collaborative research taking place as part of DFSEC 2.0, Nokia will also open the “Future X Security” (FXSec) Lab.
The facility, to be established as an extension of Nokia’s Future X network lab, will facilitate the joint testing and verification of industrial automation solutions in private local area networks (LANs), as well as trials across public wide area networks (WANs).
Marcus Weldon, Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President of Nokia Bell Labs, said: “End-to-end 5G networks will fundamentally transform societies by providing ultra-high-speed wireless connectivity allowing massive, low latency ultra-reliable streaming data that will drive intelligent automation for a wide array of infrastructure, industries and enterprises.
“But with great opportunity comes significant security risk that must be addressed end-to-end, using an array of novel techniques and technologies.
“As the most trusted end-to-end solution provider in the 5G era, Nokia is taking a leadership position in defining and building advanced security solutions that will meet mission-critical needs, leveraging the deep and extensive security research and disruptive innovations from Nokia Bell Labs.”