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Cybersecurity Challenges Faced by CSPs In The 5G World
Juniman Kasman, Chief Technology Officer, Nexusguard
AI-powered mitigation platforms: CSPs should stop relying on signature or threshold-based mitigation solutions and instead invest in platforms powered by intelligent bases such as machines with big data and deep learning capabilities. Giving cybersecurity the priority it deserves: Cybersecurity should not be overlooked nor viewed as an operational burden or challenge, it should be given more priority. From a business perspective, the expectations from external and internal stakeholders have also changed: ● Externally – CSP customers now fully expect their data to be secured by default. After all, they are paying for connectivity and the availability of that connectivity should be part of the CSP’s service. ● Internally – Since the DDoS issue is so closely linked to a CSP’s core products, your business and sales team expect the DDoS problem to be already solved and not be a hindrance to their selling of the core services. Without the capabilities, or knowledge of how to, or who to turn to, to effectively address these issues, customers of these CSPs will continue to suffer outages and compromises, eventually leaving these CSPs. This ultimately results in declining revenue and profitability for these CSPs. Addressing the gaps and risks Cybersecurity capabilities are critical in a CSP’s survival and growth, and this has never been more evident. It is important to recognise the difference between cybersecurity as an operational capability compared to it being a business and growth enabler. In both cases, when it comes to cybersecurity, specifically pertaining to DDoS attacks, it will be counter-productive to approach the issue single-handedly and to arrive at an outcome that will be far from effective. Whatever the strategy, CSPs need to realise the total cost of ownership involved to achieve their desired outcome: ● Cost of protecting their infrastructure both locally and in the cloud ● Cost of maintenance of technology ● Cost of ongoing operations and specialist support for internal and external customers ● Cost of go-to-market including service design and productization From a cost, risk and speed-to-market perspective, CSPs will find that it makes absolute sense to consider a partnership with accomplished managed security providers such as Nexusguard that have made it their mission to address all of the above issues without taking away the CSPs’ ability to continue delivering added value to their customers. Nexusguard has proven that in as little as 90 days, it is possible for CSPs to transform into a Managed DDoS Protection as-a-Service provider, providing a suite of managed cybersecurity services that their clients can enjoy.