Kudelski Security, the cyber security division of the Kudelski Group, and Athonet, the mobile core network solution provider, have established a strategic partnership providing a new solution for secure 4G-LTE communications for use by the defense and public sectors, critical businesses and public safety.
Cellular communications have evolved drastically in recent years. Whilst this evolution has allowed faster and better information exchange between individuals, it renders critical assets increasingly exposed to rising cyber crime. Nowadays, most communication is dependent on the security, speed and reliability of public networks and Internet connection – both prime targets of cyber attack.
To remedy the weaknesses of public network infrastructures, businesses and governments administrations are looking for dedicated solutions that provide a higher degree of independence whilst optimising cyber security. Within this context, Kudelski Security has adopted Athonet’s PriMo product to develop the Secure 4G-LTE solution, consisting of a self-contained mobile network infrastructure.
“In a fast-changing threat landscape, businesses and administrations have to securely communicate and share data as well as control their critical digital infrastructure. To this end, our strategic partnership with Athonet aims at offering secure-by-design 4G-LTE technology including secure voice, real-time video and data services" said Christophe Nicolas, senior vice president and head of Kudelski Security.”
“Our PriMo product has proven once again to be the optimal choice when it comes to building distributed and reliable LTE networks for mission-critical applications,” said Karim El Malki, Athonet’s CEO. “Kudelski is a leading player in the security industry whose cyber security competence can provide significant value to our virtual mobile packet core for government and security users.”
The Secure 4G-LTE solution, fully controlled and managed by the customer, can be deployed both as a centralised system and as a distributed system of secure, independent network bubbles, and increases the availability of the mobile network.
Furthermore, the solution can be customised as (ruggedized) mobile units for rapid deployment in the case of critical operations such as natural disasters, temporary events, strategic operations, etc.
The secure 4G-LTE solution guarantees the confidentiality of IP communications. Optional integration of customised algorithms into the hardware or software encryption can generate enhanced security.