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Stoke Publishes LTE Security Architecture Defining the Five Key Areas of Vulnerability at EPC Interfaces

New Framework and Infographic Provides Overview of LTE Threat Surface to Help Mobile Broadband Operators Implement Effective Security Structures

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/14 -- To assist mobile broadband operators in designing secure LTE networks, Stoke has developed the industry's first LTE security framework. This strategic tool provides an overview of the entire LTE infrastructure threat surface, providing a reference point for LTE security design teams that will assist in identifying the appropriate solutions to place at the five key points of vulnerability in LTE networks.

Security is an acknowledged priority in LTE networks, but selecting the most appropriate technology is challenging since multiple, different security and protection solutions are needed to address the specific vulnerabilities of each particular EPC interface: core to Internet security, radio access network (RAN) to core security, device and application security, IMS security and Policy and Charging Control protection. In conjunction with the framework, Stoke has also published an infographic, 'The Top 5 LTE Protection Domains', detailing the key threats and protection requirements of LTE security. The infographic can be downloaded here.

In a recent poll of LTE operators(1), 53% of respondents indicated that core-to-Internet security and RAN-to-Core Security were their biggest pain points. This supports data showing that 25% of mobile operators have already seen a distributed denial of service attack targeting their subscribers, RAN, backhaul or packet core.(2) Industry estimates of an increase in small cell deployments to 60million or more(3) by 2016 suggest that the potential for malicious attack through these less-protected network elements will rise significantly in the near future.

Currently, no all-inclusive guide exists to the points at which LTE traffic requires protection, or the protective measures appropriate for each location. The concepts for securing LTE networks have been addressed theoretically by numerous industry working groups and standards committees, but there are few comprehensive illustrations of how to implement those security requirements in practice.

"Our aim is to help network designers by bringing standards body and other industry guidelines into clearer, practical perspective and support a more consistent development of LTE security strategies," said Dilip Pillaipakam, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Stoke. "All security is not created equal, and expensive mistakes have already been made where EPC security measures have not been mapped to the specific traffic types, performance needs and potential risks at each point of vulnerability."

Moreover, since developing an overall network security strategy requires cross-functional overlap, our framework will also help create alignment about which elements need to be secured, where and how."

Stoke's framework builds on the foundations of the industry bodies including 3GPP, NGMN and ETSI. In its associated white paper, 'LTE Security Concepts and Design Considerations,' Stoke also details the risks and potential mitigation strategies associated with different security domains.
The company identifies the five security domains of LTE networks as:
1) Device and application security
2) RAN-Core Border (the junction of the radio access network with the EPC or S1 link)
3) Policy and Charging Control (interface of EPC with visited LTE network)
4) Internet Border
5) IMS core

Stoke's security solution protects traffic and enhances performance at the RAN-Core border. Its technology establishes and manages secure IPsec connections between the evolved packet core (EPC) and eNodeBs, including user, control plane and management plane traffic. More information about the LTE security framework is available at www.stoke.com.

About Stoke
Stoke provides solutions for the mobile border, securing LTE communications between the radio access network and the operator core, protecting subscribers while safeguarding critical mobile core infrastructure. Our products have been selected by the world's leading mobile network operators for technical excellence and quality, and we partner with leading industry equipment providers and systems integrators to ensure ongoing success and innovation. Stoke is the global market leader in deployed LTE Security Gateways with offices in the US, UK, France, Spain, Japan, Korea and Singapore. For more information, visit www.stoke.com.

(1) Heavy Reading
(2) Arbor Networks
(3) Small Cell Forum

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