The Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo Inc. and a multinational cyber security and defense company Trend Micro Inc. have announced the launch of a service designed to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices running on Docomo’s mobile network. The new Cloud Platform Network Security Service from Docomo, which uses Trend Micro’s security platform, will enable the “first-of-its-kind protection” for IoT networks. The provided user-friendly security shield will mainly target Docomo’s customers who are building infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments.
Akihiko Omikawa, Executive vice president at Trend Micro, said, “The promise and potential of 5G has the world waiting but let me issue a warning for the need for extra protection. Smarter endpoints mean a greater cyber risk to manage. We’re delighted and proud that our technology meets the needs of this global mobile phone leader. Together our joint solution delivers cloud infrastructure capabilities integrated with IoT-ready security customized for modern data centers.”
According to a statement by Trend Micro, up till now, when deploying a security service on the Docomo Cloud Platform, customers have been required to configure third-party products manually. This new service will help simplify the deployment of security onto the Docomo Cloud Platform, and provide customer data protection that will be cost-effective and easy to deploy.
The company stated that “telecom companies and service providers have long been planning for the impact of 5G. Now is the time to ensure the extra security risks posed by these smart endpoints at a network level are protected.” The solution has been tested in 5G and 4G networks, and has proven to be effective in environments with increased opportunity for IoT security threats.
Trend Micro’s service is powered by their Virtual Network Function Suite (VNFS), a telecom solution aimed at assisting service providers in intrusion prevention, URL filtering and application control to mitigate threats across their networks without impacting performance. In addition, Trend Micro also provides underlying threat intelligence, which analyzes 1.5 billion new threat samples and blocks 250 million threats every 24 hours.