“5G is more about digital services, which means you’ll have more open APIs, software-defined architectures, but it presents many challenges due to the security vulnerabilities this network is exposed to and is now defined. by open software, “Sandeep Gupta, EVP (Network Strategy & Architecture), said Bharti Airtel.
Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel executives stressed that network security will become a major concern for telecom operators in the 5G era due to uncertified and non-compliant Internet of Things (IoT) devices connecting to the network .
“Now with IoT you will likely have devices coming from garages that are probably not certified. You therefore expose your network to a lot of non-standard equipment, which exposes it to vulnerabilities. So security becomes extremely important, ”said Gulshan Khurana, Executive Vice President of Vodafone Idea.
Both were speaking at a round table at the ETTElecom Digital Telco summit.
The two operators also said they were taking steps to secure their respective networks.
“With the IoT devices coming to the network site, they can bring a lot of vulnerabilities because the passwords, the software on these IoT devices cannot be managed. These are in businesses, in homes, every machine will have some kind of connected device, ”Gupta said.
We need to make sure that vulnerabilities are checked at all levels so that services remain intact for end customers, he said. tightly, covering the gaps and making it much safer for consumers, ”Khurana added.
“At Airtel, we have deployed a full SOC, which is a security operations center, examining vulnerabilities within our network, from inside and out, from devices, APIs, interconnects that we have with other operators or other cloud partners, making sure that we are aware of these vulnerabilities in software and in hardware, ”Gupta pointed out.
The SOC, according to the Airtel executive, has a particular focus on vulnerabilities, if any, in the software stack and interfaces so that those vulnerabilities can be fixed in real-time or timely software upgrades.