Nokia bolsters security solution family with NetGuard Security Management Center

Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia said that it has launched the NetGuard Security Management Center to bolster its security solution family at a time when threats linked to an ever-connected world are on the rise. NetGuard Security Management Center is a consolidated, easy-to-use software platform that lets an operator monitor and control all the multi-vendor security systems deployed across its telecommunications network.

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As well as the quick and easy detection and prevention of attacks, NetGuard Security Management Center also increases operational efficiency and lowers the total cost of security for operators through automated and consistent mass configuration of security policies, bulk firmware upgrades and verification of vendor-specific security hardening settings.

“Networks are becoming more heterogeneous and open, leaving them increasingly prone to cyber attacks. Any subsequent degradation of network performance, whether a partial or complete outage, is one of the biggest threats to operators. The impact of such an event can range from a few dissatisfied customers to severe damage to the entire business,” Giuseppe Targia, head of Security at Nokia, said.

Security Management Center integrates all network security systems, regardless of vendor, to monitor security status and manage incidents, vulnerabilities, security policies and network access.

“Our NetGuard Security Management Center gives operators confidence that their whole networks are safe, not just some individually protected parts,” Targia added.

The solution watches for threats in networks by proactively detecting security weaknesses and correlating them according to its internal database, the company said.

Security analytics are then applied by a rules-based, configurable decision-making engine that triggers automatic corrective action or helps operators implement a manual response. The system optimizes the configuration of security parameters and thus reduces the risk of network infrastructure attacks.

Unlike vertical solutions dedicated to protecting network elements, Security Management Center offers a comprehensive view of the whole network, correlating events coming from typically isolated layers such as radio access, transport, core and operations to detect and mitigate a wider range of threats.

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