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How Telecom Industry can Tackle Cybersecurity Challenges?
DDoS attacks can reduce network capacity, increase traffic costs, interrupt service availability, and even jeopardize internet access by affecting ISPs.
FREMONT, CA: The telecommunications industry has been a vital component of every area of life, whether it is connected to business or individuals, offering a wide range of services that link and communicate with millions of people around the world. With advancements in network innovations, most notably 5G network technology, the industry has undergone a radical transition in recent years. Telecom firms are constantly racing to offer improved and optimized mobile network services, which is increasing competition in the market and driving them towards digital transformation.
Because the telecom industry affects virtually every area of life as well as vital infrastructure, it could be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The sector creates and maintains intricate networks while also storing large volumes of confidential data about individuals and businesses. These are a few of the factors that make this sector more profitable for bad actors or hackers. The security vulnerabilities of telecom devices have grown significantly over time, now occupying a significant portion of the threat landscape.
[vendor_logo_first]DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks are among the most prevalent forms of direct cyberattacks that can make a computer or network resource inaccessible to its target users by disabling a host's services connected to the Internet for a brief period or indefinitely. These attacks can reduce network capacity, increase traffic costs, interrupt service availability, and even jeopardize internet access by affecting ISPs.
Furthermore, flawed protocols like SS7 (Signalling System No. 7) or Diameter continue to power many critical telecommunication services. Since hackers can easily block 2FA authentication codes and drain users' accounts, the SS7 protocol has become a serious cyber threat to the banking industry. Newer protocols, such as SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), on the other hand, may be highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks if adequate controls are not in place.
Amid these uncertainties, telecommunications service providers, especially large global operators, are adapting to advanced technology and tech firms. Telecommunications companies can avoid cyber risks raised by security vulnerabilities common to their business by implementing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that involves threat identification, incident management strategies, mitigation steps, and more.
Since today's cybercriminals are constantly perfecting and expanding their skills to exploit new vulnerabilities, combating these threats would necessitate talent development and investment efforts that include extensive, up-to-date awareness of information assets, environment threats, and vulnerabilities.
As a result, while the telecom industry is at the edge of technical progress, leveraging emerging technology like the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and enhanced network innovations such as the newly developed 5G, telecom service providers must now consider cybersecurity solutions for better services.