Protect communication between components in the mobile network
Communications between devices that constitute the infrastructure in mobile networks need protection from hijacking and eavesdropping. As a starting point, devices must have trusted identities before they are allowed access to the network.
Then the operator needs automated procedures that securely enroll the device into the network. Lastly, it is important to maintain network security and availability for many years, including renewal of cryptographic keys and certificates.
Device manufacturers offer security technologies as an integral part of their products. However, a mobile network consists of multiple flavors of equipment such as switches, backend servers and radio access technologies. Competition forces operators to invest in new technologies – and it also forces them to keep a firm grip on security over time, even when technologies from multiple vendors coexist in the same network.
This has led mobile network operators from all over the world to choose the public key infrastructure (PKI) platform Nexus Certificate Manager to control the security in their mobile networks. The use of PKI certificates across the whole network, automatically managed from one single system, offers increased efficiency and availability, as well as a number of operational benefits.
Nexus’s solution makes it possible to issue identities to network units from all the large manufacturers, such as Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Networks, Juniper, Cisco, Commscope and Alcatel Lucent. The platform even supports multitenancy, which means that mobile network operators with operations in several different countries can create synergies with one single high-end solution instead of one implementation per market.