Xura enchances its signalling security solutions to control vulnerabilities across any signalling network
Xura Inc., a provider of digital communications services, has enhanced its signalling security solutions, aiming to provide operators with the broadest, deepest and fastest response to controlling vulnerabilities across any signalling network.
Challenges in SS7 signalling security are well publicised, highlighting the potential risk posed to operators’ networks, their revenues and their subscribers. Similar vulnerabilities exist in Diameter signalling networks, which also has additional protocol-specific flaws that must be addressed.
Despite rapid evolution of LTE networks, legacy SS7 signalling will continue to co-exist with new protocols for many years to come. Vulnerabilities in each protocol need securing in their own right. However, the co-existence of SS7 and Diameter signalling opens up the threat of multi-vector attack mechanisms that span both protocols and therefore signalling protection also requires an integrated approach.
The combined functionality of SS7, Diameter and SIP protection integrated within Xura’s Signalling Fraud Management solution provides the means to detect and prevent attacks carried by each protocol and, moreover, it protects networks from the threat of multi-vector attacks.
Speed of reaction to new threats is critical for any security solution, in order to adequately protect against fast developing threats and enable an immediate remedy to minimise the operators’ exposure to risk. Solutions that depend on the vendor to turn threat intelligence into active protection introduces delays that prolong the exposure to risk, as well as adding cost to the solution.
Xura’s approach provides powerful, integrated analytics that puts threat intelligence into the hands of the operator in near real-time. More importantly, the solution also empowers the operator to rapidly build additional defences, with real-time tooling to help validate their efficacy.
Ilia Abramov, product director of Security Solutions at Xura, said: “We continue to invest in extending the lead our solutions have in the market. Other vendors are only now announcing forthcoming capabilities that Xura’s products have been providing to our customers for quite some time. While our products give unrivalled breadth and depth to signalling analytics, we are even more focused on providing the capabilities that enable the fastest path from threat intelligence to protective action, giving greater control all from one solution.”
Over the past decade, Xura has provided early stage SS7 security solutions to a large number of its 350+ customers around the world. The company’s Diameter Routing Agent (DRA), Diameter Intelligent Signalling Controller, includes Diameter signalling security capabilities when it first launched more than two years ago. The capabilities of Xura’s signalling security products have since been extended to provide protection beyond the industry’s current base-line recommendations, and further significant investment in R&D is underway.
Xura currently works with operators across North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Asia-Pacific to ensure that they not only have visibility of the threats and vulnerabilities exposed, but have the solutions in place to protect their networks, revenue and the subscribers they serve.
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