Xura has today announced the availability of its Signaling Fraud Management System, built to protect mobile operators’ signaling networks from sophisticated exploits and security threats.
Xura’s solution provides 360-degree security and privacy protection, addressing many types of signalling network attacks. With a tightly integrated firewall and analytical module, Xura’s Signaling Fraud Management System provides mobile operators with advanced, real-time detection of malicious traffic alongside smart prevention mechanisms.
With the full extent of security vulnerabilities in the signaling network only now being exposed and exploits of these vulnerabilities on the rise, mobile operators need a managed solution to guard the integrity of their networks, as well as their subscribers’ privacy. Xura, an industry expert in signaling, has taken an advanced approach to security by enabling the operator to introduce a specialized element at the network interconnect points to function as Signaling Fraud Management. This advanced and lightweight approach integrates easily into any signaling network and is secured by Xura’s powerful, heuristics engine that screens and performs validation across all levels of the network protocol stack, addressing today’s threats and those that are yet to come.
“For the mobile operator, signalling is the central nervous system of their network with mission-critical, real-time data on subscriber identity, status, location, technology and servicing elements. Because of weaknesses in the current signaling protocols (SS7, Diameter, SIP), they are open to exploitation and prone to attack from hackers who can expose mobile subscriber’s data and violate privacy by stealing money, listening to conversations, monitoring messages, manipulating data, and generally disrupting services,” said Jim Saunders, EVP Digital Communication at Xura. “Not only does the Xura’s state-of-the-art solution block suspicious traffic, it also secures the network against any type of protocol vulnerabilities, which someone with the right technical knowledge might exploit and then strike in the future.”
Xura’s strong heritage in signaling and messaging means it understands the challenges faced by operators today. It’s 20-year expertise has translated into a security solution with transparent design, high performance, and a robust architecture, that can be placed at any relevant point in the core network, eliminating the need and expense of redesigning the network architecture. In addition, with its own Diameter and SIP stack embedded into its solutions, the Xura Signaling Fraud Management System can ensure secure continuity, even in the design stage, across all signaling networks including Evolved Packet Core and IMS (LTE and 5G), preventing a broad spectrum of threats.
Xura Signaling Fraud Management features an easy to control graphical user management interface that provides real-time views of detected security threats, blocked or suspicious activity, top attack targets and raises alarms in real-time for detected risks. In addition, the system has a world-class analytics engine that provides high-performance data collection and real-time streaming analysis of incoming traffic. This advanced detection means operators can filter malicious messages and report on detected, blocked traffic. The solution also helps discover new fraudulent patterns, including attack source, types of attacks and attack targets. A flexible query module enables security teams to explore details of the captured traffic, to simplify and automate investigation efforts for the detected outbreaks. Lastly, native virtualization of the solution supports operators with hardware independence and plays a part in any ongoing NFV strategy.