The 4G/LTE technology has matured and evolved from early-stage testing to mass-market resulting in a massive growth and transformation all over the world. The growth also introduces challenges that must be taken seriously to avoid costly interruptions and confidentiality breaches.
Most LTE-networks deployed without security due to time-to-market prioritization.
29% of all operators are not yet fully aware of the need to secure the LTE backhaul traffic.
Deployment rate of Small Cells for congested areas is growing fast and accelerates the need for secure backhaul.
Unlike the older 2G and partly the 3G networks, the LTE networks are all-IP based and therefore more open and vulnerable than its predecessors. These are the major threats/concerns that need to be addressed in order to ensure a secure network:
Risk of eavesdropping and other intrusions on privacy and confidentiality. Sensitive pictures, credit card numbers, account numbers, corporate IPRs, etc. can be stolen.
Overload and other DoS attacks can disrupt or entirely interrupt the radio or core network functions. Financial loss, damage to brand and other consequences can happen.
Insiders abusing or misusing the system and gain access to unencrypted information. Potential data leakage and privacy intrusions.
Attacks on core network launched from a non-secured and vulnerable Radio Network node, for example attacks from a compromised small-cell eNB.
Clavister has a flexible and cost effective solution for securing and encrypting the vulnerable interfaces used for backhaul traffic from the radio base stations (eNodeBs) to the network core. Reliability and privacy can be ensured by encrypting all traffic that traverse over untrusted networks. With Clavister, all communication can be authenticated and encrypted using proven and standardized technologies, which is key not only for security but also ensures smooth integration and interoperability.
The Clavister LTE Backhaul Security solution can be deployed in many different ways, ranging from centrally placed turnkey appliances to distributed edge cloud platforms using our virtual appliances. Additionally Clavister also license the technology to leading third-party Telecom Equipment Manufacturers on an OEM/Licensing basis.