Wildix’ Unified Communications and Collaboration solution enhanced with BICS SIP Trunking capabilities
Brussels – Belgium, 25 October, 2018 – BICS, a global communications enabler, has today announced that it has been selected by Wildix, a WebRTC unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) provider, to deliver national and international voice capabilities to its enterprise customers. Wildix’s WebRTC UC&C solution, now packaged with BICS’ SIP Trunking solution, will enable its customers to seamlessly make and receive high-quality outbound and inbound calls via its cloud communications platform, consolidating its position as one of the top three UC&C vendors for customer satisfaction, according to Gartner.
As a result of the partnership, Wildix’s 500,000 customers across the globe can now benefit from an all-in-one packaged communications solution, which utilises BICS’ portfolio of best-in-class communication services. This also includes Cloud Numbers, and will connect enterprises’ voice services directly to local PSTN (Public Telephone Network) lines via IP.
By partnering with BICS, Wildix’s customers are now also able to:
- Expand into different geographies and instantly scale their businesses without the difficulty of having to obtain local telecom licences and establish local carrier relationships
- Support popular initiatives such as ‘bring your own device’ and remote working
- Outsource key parts of their businesses, such as customer support services, to different parts of the world, enabling them to drive cost efficiencies and improve quality of service
- Provide end-users with a start-of-art cloud-based UC&C tools.
- Provide end-users with all IP based voice services with carrier grade quality
“What differentiates us from our competitors is our commitment to deliver measurable value to our customers, which is why we chose BICS – a similarly customer-centric business – to partner with,” said Steve Osler, CEO, Wildix. “Our ‘personal touch’ approach, teamed with our efficient and simple-to-use web-based tools for enterprises, has led to a successful sales strategy resulting in a positive ROI and 100% increase in year-on-year sales between 2016 and 2017.”
Jorn Vercamert, VP Communication Solutions, BICS, added: “We’re seeing an increasing number of enterprises adopting cloud-based communications services to support their business globalisation aims and enhance productivity across their organisation. We’re excited to be working with Wildix to enable more companies to benefit from cloud communications services. BICS’ global footprint ensures high quality and hands-on support is available throughout the world, meaning Wildix can operate extremely reliable services across all time zones, resulting in very high customer satisfaction levels.”
Divya Ghai Wakankar, Head of Innovation and Cloud Communications, BICS said: “To meet the demand from enterprises to move communications services to the cloud, we have launched our SIP Trunking solution. Available across 15 countries, it enables businesses to make and receive local and internationals calls, as well as call emergency services, within a country. We take care of the local in-country connectivity, delivering integrated IP-based calling capabilities in compliance with local regulations. This way, enterprises can focus on their business expansion and top-line growth without worrying about their communication solution needs.”
As a leading international communications enabler, BICS is connecting the world by creating reliable and secure mobile experiences anytime, anywhere. We are a global voice carrier and the leading provider of mobile data services worldwide. Our solutions are essential for supporting the modern lifestyle of today’s device-hungry consumer – from global mobile connectivity, seamless roaming experiences, fraud prevention and authentication, to global messaging and the Internet of Things. We are headquartered in Brussels, with a strong presence in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East.
IAI promotes financial investment in Effective Space.
Effective Space selects IAI’s space division to develop, manufacture and deliver its SPACE DRONETM in-orbit servicing fleet.
11th September 2018 – IAI and Effective Space – a company pioneering last mile logistics in space – today announced that they have signed a term sheet for cooperation, including both technological and financial partnerships. Under the conditions of the term sheet, Effective Space will appoint IAI as the primary contractor of its SPACE DRONETM spacecraft, while IAI will work to complete the necessary approvals for equity investment in Effective Space. The term sheet follows more than a year of cooperation, during which both companies have been jointly working on the SPACE DRONETM spacecraft design.
Effective Space is developing a unique, small spacecraft to extend the life of satellites in orbit, based on the vision to provide logistics services in the rapidly growing space economy. To this end, it has developed a unique and patented technology for rendezvous and docking to satellites in space through a small spacecraft called SPACE DRONE™.
Effective Space is pioneering a new era in last-mile logistics in space that will see its SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft fleet deployed to provide auxiliary services to space assets. Initial services to be provided by Effective Space will be life-extension for satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit. The company’s first contract, signed in 2017 with an international satellite operator, will see two SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft launched in 2020 to extend the life of two existing satellites, and is expected to generate revenues of more than US$100 million.
“This partnership is an excellent example of the added value in the connection between IAI – Israel’s largest aerospace company – with start-ups and the world of innovative technologies and business entrepreneurship,” said Nimrod Sheffer IAI’s CEO. “IAI’s vast experience and its expertise in the development and manufacturing of small, light and fast satellites, and the innovative concept of Effective Space, has the potential for significant business activity.”
“IAI is globally recognised as a leader in the development and construction of commercial satellite technologies, and in particular, those with high performance and a small form factor,” said Arie Halsband, Founder and CEO, Effective Space. “IAI’s intention to directly invest in Effective Space is a strong endorsement of our SPACE DRONE™ programme and an indication of the potential return for investors from this new era of logistics in space and in-space robotics. For both strategic and growth investors, logistics in space is a new and exciting opportunity.”
The design of the SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft is a result of decades of experience in the field of small satellites. ‘Phase One’ services will see the spacecraft dock with existing satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit that are reaching the end of their normal life expectancy. The SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft will provide station-keeping and attitude-control, relocation, deorbiting, orbit and inclination correction, and is capable of providing up to 15 years of overall life-extension service.
Logistics in space is a rapidly developing market and further services will see platform adaptations to support the evolving low-earth-orbit and medium-earth-orbit constellations, as well as active-debris-removal and in-space explorations, mining and manufacturing logistics. To meet the expected market opportunity, Effective Space ultimately anticipates a fleet of several dozen SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft to be launched and operated.
Effective Space, founded in 2013, has raised US$15 million from investment funds in previous rounds of financing.
About Effective Space
Effective Space is pioneering last-mile logistics in space. It deploys and operates a fleet of small SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft that will deliver, position, maintain, monitor and guarantee space assets in orbit and beyond. Its ‘Phase One’ rollout is based on an existing solid business case: life-extension services to operators of satellites in geosynchronous-earth-orbit (GEO). Services include station-keeping and attitude-control, relocation, orbit and inclination correction, deorbiting and ‘bringing into use’ (BIU). The SPACE DRONE™ platform is well capable of supporting evolving Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellations, Active Debris Removal (ADR), in-space exploration, as well as manufacturing and asteroid mining logistics.
Effective Space is headquartered in the UK. For more information, visit http://effective.space.
About Israel Aerospace Industries
IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR and more. IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aero structures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refuelling and cargo configurations. For more information, visit www.iai.co.il.
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New mobile edge computing platform unlocks commercial opportunities for network
operators and service creators
London, UK, SEPT 5th 2018 – Ori, the network edge enabler, has announced that its on-demand mobile edge computing platform, DNA, is available for pilot projects with network operators and developers. As the industry’s first public platform that opens up the network edge for access to third party and internal developers, mobile operators now have the potential to unlock new revenue streams and commercial opportunities.
By creating a virtual service layer across telecoms networks, DNA can help identify and harness available compute power and capacity at network edge points, which can support a specific service or application. Developers in areas such as video content, IoT, telephony and messaging, can use DNA to define the geography of a new service, then automate the deployment across those specific edge points. They can monitor the in-life health of a service, track billing and customer usage, and scale it on-demand.
“In the last decade, two major developments have changed the way we connect: the rise of cloud computing and the introduction of 4G networks. Many OTT players have benefited from these advances, using telco networks to deliver their communications services over the internet. However, mobile operators have suffered from this competition, losing service revenue to these disruptive players,” commented Mahdi Yahya, CEO at Ori. “Mobile edge computing is set to rebalance the scales.”
“As applications and services become more immersive, 5G networks are required to bring a new form of application deployment, harnessing compute power at the network edge. Mobile operators have the opportunity to monetise their network assets through mobile edge computing and play a major role in a future that will bring us driverless cars, immersive communication and smart cities. Ori welcomes operators and developers to partner with us to explore how 5G network capabilities and service innovation can be driven by mobile edge computing,” Yahya finished.
Kostantinos Katsaros, 5G Technologist at Digital Catapult, added: “The value of edge computing is huge. It is key to unlocking the full potential of next-generation 5G mobile networks and offers enormous benefits, from reducing latency to improving security and providing contextual awareness to applications and services.
“Identifying the best ways to use the edge without compromising the integrity of shared network infrastructure is still challenging. Ori is playing a major role in helping to realise these benefits and we’re looking forward to opportunities to collaborate in the future.”
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Government-backed initiative for 14-18-year-olds concludes with final cyber security challenge
Second of three elite Cyber Discovery camps took place in Bristol last weekend
Local students battled it out in hacking and security-focused challenges
Bristol, UK – 30th July 2018 – Local students descended on Bristol Harbour Hotel in Bristol on Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July as part of the final stages of the Government-backed flagship cyber security training programme, Cyber Discovery.
To help introduce cyber security as a profession to more young people, last November the UK Government launched its landmark cyber security training programme aimed at 14-18-year-olds – ‘Cyber Discovery’.
From thousands of participants overall, just 170 of the top performing and highest scoring students were invited to participate in one of three local Cyber Discovery camps taking place in Manchester, Bristol and London. Bristol Harbour Hotel in Bristol played host to the second Cyber Discovery camp on the 28th and 29th July, where 56 students competed in live, hands-on competitions such as hacking a robot arm, hacking their name badge, cryptography puzzles and listening to talks from industry professionals on the importance of cyber security as a career option. Participants were exposed to real world challenges that impact businesses every day and tasked with thwarting the tactics cyber criminals routinely use against individuals and organisations around the world.
On the final day, a tense Capture the Flag (CTF) challenge was the pinnacle of their Cyber Discovery journey. The CTF event saw students, in teams, bring together all the skills learnt in previous stages of the programme to attack systems against the clock. Students encountered web attacks, digital forensics, cryptography and binary exploitation during the CTF, learning and testing skills needed in a real-life cyber security expert’s job.
The average score achieved in prior stages of the programme by elite students invited to attend the Bristol camp was 83.7%, with the average completion being 79.2%. Given the difficulty of some of the challenges, it’s an impressive average. The top performing student invited to attend the Bristol elite camp was a girl. She scored an average of 88.9% across all 37 tests in CyberStart Essentials, the stage prior to the elite camps, proving that cyber security is definitely not just for boys. The South West was the third highest performing region to take part in Cyber Discovery. At the end of the weekend, the overall winning team in Bristol was Dial E for Exploitation.
One of Cyber Discovery’s creators, James Lyne, Head of Research and Development at SANS Institute, a key partner behind Cyber Discovery, said: “It was incredible to be part of this weekend’s Cyber Discovery Elite Bristol event. The enthusiasm and the talent of the students there was so impressive and we’ve been thrilled with the number of young people who have taken part in Cyber Discovery who have told us it’s really changed their minds about a career in cyber security. Using gamification to teach is a great and innovative way of ensuring interest is captured early on in this technology-led generation, which is something I, personally, am very excited about being a part of.”
Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, said: “Congratulations to all the students on making it to the Elite phase of Cyber Discovery. This is a tremendous achievement and the skills displayed so far show they could have what it takes to become a top cyber security professional. Through this programme we are inspiring the cyber security talent of tomorrow and giving some of the country’s brightest young minds the chance to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their studies.”
Joseph Bunce, aged 16, one of the Elite students at the Bristol camp and the overall winner, commented: “From the moment I started Cyber Discovery, it was obvious that cyber security was something I was interested in. As I have continued through the stages, it has becoming increasingly clear that cyber security is the right career path for me. The camp was a really great experience to learn new things and meet new people. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
The aim of Cyber Discovery is to give young people an opportunity to learn the skills needed to either enter the cyber security industry at a junior level, or go on to further study in the area, with the ultimate goal of growing the UK’s cyber security workforce of tomorrow. Delivered for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by a consortium of experts including SANS Institute, BT, the Cyber Security Challenge and FutureLearn, the programme looks to identify those with a talent for cyber security at a younger age and to encourage them towards a career in cyber.
Over 23,500 students in England played CyberStart Assess, the first phase of Cyber Discovery. Over 12,500 of those students achieved high enough scores to go through to CyberStart Game and Essentials, the next phases of the initiative. Registration for year two will open in Autumn 2018.
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Amdocs leads ETSI and ONAP compliancy for VNF onboarding automation tools to accelerate NFV ecosystem
Amdocs paves the way for fully automated VNF on-boarding for frictionless and fast delivery of network services to market
LOUIS – July 30, 2018 – Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, today announced that it is driving the industry’s specification efforts to create a standard virtual network function (VNF) packaging format that will enable the automation of VNF onboarding and acceptance testing. This standardization will allow VNFs to be interoperable with independently developed network functions virtualization (NFV) management and orchestration systems, thereby providing a major boost to NFV adoption.
As a leading member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Amdocs has taken a key role in progressing NFV in the market with the aim of converging on a common approach to describing VNFs, automation tool chains and integration strategy. As a founding platinum member of the Linux Foundation’s Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Amdocs will also take a leading role in the Linux Foundation’s newly created working group responsible for the standardization of VNF packages, their validation testing and compliance certification. Amdocs will drive industry collaboration by standardizing and templating systems to streamline and automate VNF onboarding, integration and lifecycle management processes based on both ETSI and ONAP NFV specifications.
Currently, the complexity associated with onboarding VNFs is a major disincentive to NFV adoption. A recent Analysys Mason research report notes that “poor standardization for VNF modelling and packaging, and the lack of tools for codifying the onboarding and lifecycle automation routines are slowing NFV adoption.”
“Amdocs taking the lead in the ETSI NFV working groups to drive standardization of VNF onboarding is great news for the industry”, said Anil Rao, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason. “Standardization of VNF definition, packaging, and data model specification for VNF descriptors is a subject that must be tackled urgently. The success of these initiatives will accelerate the operationalization of NFV by delivering standardized VNFs to service providers, ultimately enabling the CSPs to rapidly design and deliver NFV based services to their customers.”
“As an industry pioneer in the domain of NFV, and a major ONAP open source code contributor, Amdocs is committed to standardizing the VNF packaging format,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president, Amdocs Technology. “Standardization will reduce barriers, simplify and shorten service provider VNF onboarding and adoption and reduce implementation time and complexity as well as lower overall costs for all stakeholders. It will also enable automatic execution of VNF onboarding and acceptance testing, and allow VNFs to be interoperable.”
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New automated workflows introduced to support expansive video portfolio on Verizon’s Fios Platform
LOUIS – July 31, 2018 – VUBIQUITY, an Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX) company and a leading provider of premium content services and media technology solutions, today announced its managed services and technology platforms will provide the processing and packaging of Verizon’s vast video on-demand (VOD) and Pay Per View (PPV) portfolio across the Fios multiscreen platform. This deal also continues to include a content licensing component which is an extension of the prior relationship.
“Verizon remains vigorously focused on making content personal with video that can go anywhere to meet the demands of even the most discerning customers,” said Heather McDavitt, vice president of Verizon Fios Consumer Products.
As the bridge to over 630 content owners, Vubiquity will be supplementing Verizon’s expansive collection of assets across existing and future formats, including but not limited to 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR). In addition, Vubiquity will make all of this media and entertainment available in a variety of business models, including TV on-demand, rental, PPV, Electronic Sell-Through (EST). This will allow Verizon’s customers to watch a robust selection of films and TV shows from major blockbusters to smaller independent films, as well as television series and digital assets from more than 100 media brands on any device.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Verizon as they continue to innovate for consumers across the complex and transformative media landscape,” said Darcy Antonellis, Head of the Amdocs Media Division.
Cloud native capabilities give Globe Telecom the flexibility and agility to bring customer interactions into the digital space, while deepening relationships at scale
LOUIS ⎯ July 31, 2018 ⎯ Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, today announced its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in enabling Globe Telecom, one of the Philippines’ largest telecommunications providers, to deliver cloud-based intelligent omnichannel routing and interactions management.
This collaboration aims to bring digital engagement to life, delivering effortless experience across all Globe Telecom touchpoints including web, portal, self-service and mobile applications, social media and messaging platforms, hotline, as well as email. This is powered by capabilities such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Agent Desktop Unification, enabling Globe Telecom to continue to level up the care it gives to customers.
The Amazon Connect cloud-based omnichannel solution comes with open application programming interfaces (APIs), allowing Globe Telecom the flexibility to integrate with the AmdocsONE solution set, internal and third- party software systems. Amdocs will integrate these into the Globe Customer Engagement Center (CEC) infrastructure, also providing process automation with Intelligent Operations services. The solution will also provide real-time analytics for deeper insight and improvement to the customer journey.
“Our commitment is to deepen our relationships with customers, for the long haul. This starts with making each and every interaction with them as effortless as possible,” said Rebecca Eclipse, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Globe Telecom. “We are inspired by this collaboration with Amdocs and Amazon Web Services, and we believe this will enhance the experience of our customers beyond just self-service empowerment; truly caring for them and ushering them into an enriching digital lifestyle.”
Amdocs recently signed a multi-year service agreement with Globe to assist the telecommunications company in modernizing its IT operations for several lines of businesses, including prepaid and postpaid mobile services, fixed-line broadband, and enterprise services.
“Modernizing IT operations constantly is important in providing a more efficient customer experience. With the transition, Globe expects to deliver better customer interactions, by intelligently routing customer support requests to a more efficient type of assistance,” Gil Genio, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Globe Telecom, said.
“A modern, cloud-based omnichannel solution will provide Globe Telecom with an agile and robust environment that can be easily configured to meet their current and future needs”, said Nick Walton, Managing Director, at Amazon Web Services ASEAN. “With deep domain know-how and a strong track record of successfully delivering complex digital transformation projects, Amdocs is ideally suited to move the IT infrastructure and service aware network of communications and media companies into the cloud.”
“As consumers are increasingly expecting convenient, portable and user-friendly capabilities, telecom and media companies are moving to microservices, cloud and DevOps for the flexibility required to more quickly adapt and evolve to these fast-changing consumer demands,” said Gary Miles, chief marketing officer, Amdocs. “In collaboration with AWS, we help accelerate our customers’ cloud journeys and are excited to partner with agile innovators such as Globe Telecom who are expanding their use of cloud to transform customer engagements.”
NETSCOUT’s ISNG Smart Data Technology Feeds Real-time Network Performance and Customer-centric Data into IBM’s Telecom Analytics Solutions Portfolio
WESTFORD, Mass., July 24, 2018 – NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of service assurance, security, and business analytics, today announced a collaboration with IBM. Under the agreement, IBM will leverage NETSCOUT’s Smart Data Technologies which includes its Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) patented technology to drive data-centric workflows and decision making for Communication Service Providers (CSPs).
The collaboration centers on NETSCOUT’s software-based InfiniStreamNG™ real-time information platform, which delivers unparalleled visibility into both physical and virtual networks by instantaneously converting high-volume network traffic into granular yet highly contextual subscriber meta-data or Smart Data at the collection point. Mutual customers will benefit by feeding NETSCOUT’s subscriber-centric Smart Data for voice, video, data and OTT services into IBM’s Telecom Analytics Solution.
NETSCOUT’s Smart Data combined with IBM’s analytics capabilities provides the “always on” multi-dimensional subscriber meta-data, enabling CSPs better understand the behaviors and motivations of their customers through a data-driven, customer-centric business model and drive network change. With this new integrated solution that utilizes NETSCOUT’s CORE to RAN network data view, CSPs gain better insight into customer needs, allowing them to innovate across core operational and service areas, including customer care, sales and marketing to ultimately reduce subscriber churn and strengthen and grow revenue. The solution will also enable CSPs to create new business models around customer behavior modelling as well as participation in broader ecosystems that will drive CSPs overall value.
This agreement allows IBM to offer selected models of NETSCOUT’s ISNG probes, via a pure software model. This OEM arrangement provides both NETSCOUT’s and IBM’s customers another channel to purchase NETSCOUT software along with IBM’s Telecom Analytics Solution as a bundled offering.
“Demand for proactively predicting customer behavior is on the rise, and along with it the need for flawless network performance in order to ensure the highest quality customer experience, which is critical to maintain loyalty and prevent churn,” said Anil Singhal, co-founder, president, and chief executive officer, at NETSCOUT. “By adding the rich data from NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence technology to IBM’s Telecom Analytics Solution, we are able to bring together network and subscriber data from multiple sources in a way that offers an unparalleled, end-to-end view of what the customer is actually experiencing. Communications service providers need smart, real-time performance data for smarter insights and smarter analytics. This partnership delivers it.”
“Communications Service Providers need to leverage vast volumes of information, so they can make more intelligent decisions and assure both exceptional customer experiences and network performance in today’s dynamic environment,” stated Gary O’Driscoll, Worldwide Lead, Telecom Analytics Solutions, at IBM. “This collaboration is part of a long-standing relationship between our two companies that focuses on a wide range of products including lab test equipment, field installations tools, and monitoring and troubleshooting systems. By working together, we are committed to providing more value to our shared customers.”
Endpoints Most Vulnerable Aspect of Industrial IoT as SANS Survey Reveals Confusion Over Industrial IoT Security
Report uncovers need for cultural change in approach to security risks and common definition of endpoints
LONDON, UK – July 24th, 2018 – Organisations hold disparate and unrealistic views on protecting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), in which endpoints are considered to be the most vulnerable aspects, despite confusion over what actually constitutes an endpoint.
These are the key findings of the 2018 SANS Industrial IoT Security Survey report, which examines the security concerns around the rapidly growing use of IIoT. IIoT is the subset of the Internet of Things that focuses specifically on the industrial application of connected physical devices within critical infrastructure such as electricity, manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation and healthcare. The installed base of IoT devices is forecast to triple from 23.14bn in 2018 to 75.44bn in 2025.
The SANS report found that most organisations globally are forecasting 10 to 25% growth in their connected devices. This growth rate will cause the systems connected to IIoT devices to double in size roughly every three to seven years. This will ultimately result in increased network complexity as IT and OT become more connected, more demand for bandwidth, and the need for personnel skilled in best security practices related to the design, build and operation of IIoT systems.
Of over 200 respondents surveyed, more than half reported the most vulnerable aspects of their IIoT infrastructure as data, firmware, embedded systems, or general endpoints. At the same time, however, the survey reveals an ongoing debate over the definition of an endpoint.
According to Doug Wylie, Director of the Industrials & Infrastructure Business Portfolio at SANS Institute, “The discrepancy in defining IIoT endpoints is the basis for some of the confusion surrounding responsibility for IIoT security.”
“Many practitioners likely are not adequately identifying and managing the numerous assets that in some way connect to networks – and present a danger to their organisations,” he adds.
“For this reason, it is important for company IT and OT groups to agree to a common definition to help ensure they adequately identify security risks as they evolve their systems to adapt to new architectural models.”
Other concerns around IIoT security include:
- 32% of IIoT devices connect directly to the internet, bypassing traditional IT security layers
- Almost 40% said identifying, tracking and managing devices represented a significant security challenge
- Only 40% reported applying and maintaining patches and updates to protect their IIoT devices and systems
- 56% cited difficulty in patching as one of the greatest security challenges
The survey also uncovered a wide gap between the perceptions of IIoT security by OT, IT and management, with only 64% of OT departments claiming to be confident in their ability to secure IIoT infrastructure, compared to 83% of IT departments and 93% of business leaders.
“The report highlights a real disparity across organisations in the level of confidence as to how secure the IIoT really is,” said Barbara Filkins, SANS Analyst Programme Research Director and survey report author.
“This disparity represents the need for a major cultural change in how industrial organisations must approach the security risks in a world of IIoT.”
For more detail on the survey’s findings and SANS’ recommendations, you can download a copy of the report here.
Solution provides operators with a one-stop-shop to optimise SMS traffic and boost revenues
Brussels, July 17th, 2018 – BICS, a leading international communications enabler, has today announced the launch of Local SMS Firewall, a fully-managed end-to-end solution which allows operators to protect and optimise their SMS traffic and revenues. The product manages all A2P and P2P activity, filters it for unbillable traffic and provides a clear path to SMS monetisation.
SMS is one of the world’s most ubiquitous and reliable means of communications, with over 23 billion messages exchanged globally every day. Due to an increasing number of use cases and demand for customer engagement, SMS A2P is forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years. BICS created Local SMS Firewall in response to this market need, with mobile operators looking to enhance customer satisfaction and best leverage the increasing opportunities surrounding SMS A2P. The product also equips operators with a proactive tool in the industry’s ongoing fight against the erosion of revenue margins caused by bypass.
Supported by a team of dedicated bypass engineers, and resulting from a partnership with 6D Technologies, BICS’ Local SMS Firewall can filter, identify and block bypass traffic allowing operators to focus on monetising these traffic streams. It fully protects all SMS flows to the mobile operator and allows service providers to choose which traffic to filter. Because no additional relationships with third parties are required, nor any investment in hardware equipment or operational resources for monitoring and maintenance activities, the Local SMS Firewall provides a simple one-stop solution.
“BICS is dedicated to aiding operators in monetising their SMS assets,” said Bart Vandekerckhove, Head of Mobile Messaging at BICS. “SMS aggregators are always going to look for new ways to disrupt the industry, but with solutions like BICS’ Local SMS Firewall, the industry can protect both their customers and their revenues.”
He continued: “By stopping spoofed and faked messages, our Local SMS Firewall product releases the network bandwidth for revenue- generating traffic and prevents content providers from bypassing the SMS Termination fee. This means BICS is playing an important role in winning back some of the revenue operators lose to bypass each year.”
Rahul Kumar, Senior VP, Messaging at 6d Technologies added: “We’re proud to have worked with BICS to develop this solution. As a proactive technology partner, we aim to develop solutions that tackle current and evolving challenges in the market. This SMS Firewall product will allow operators to enhance their SMS traffic and optimise SMS revenues.”