Cybersecurity in Telecommunications
Given that this industry controls a vast majority of complex and critical infrastructure, the impact of a successful attack is not only significant, but extensive.
As the threat landscape has changed, cyber-attacks against the telecom industry are soaring. From satellite companies, internet providers to telephone corporations, the infrastructure behind these organizations makes it possible for all videos, audio and text to be sent across the globe. Without it we are stranded. Criminals know this.
Customers expect high performance from their communications service providers (CSPs) networks—whether they are using in-store wireless access at a retail location or waiting for their traffic to be routed through the corporate data center. If security technology decreases network performance, it will negatively impact customer experience.
Securing a CSP’s vast network requires a number of different security elements. If these security solutions are not integrated, security workflows must be managed manually. These operational inefficiencies delay threat detection, prevention, and response, create redundancy, and increase operating expense (OpEx) costs.
CSPs have diverse networks, including on-premises data centers, cloud deployments, and retail locations with internet-connected point-of-sale (POS) systems. Protecting these heterogeneous networks requires networkwide visibility. However, the point security products deployed to protect against sophisticated, multifaceted attacks create silos that impair visibility.
CSPs collect payment card and other sensitive data from customers. This sensitive data is stored and processed across the organization’s network—both in on-premises data centers and private and public clouds, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. Securing this data in accordance with regulatory standards, such as PCI DSS, becomes more challenging as the organization’s network grows in complexity.
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