Many eyes -- and visitors -- turned to Rio this week, but others headed to Las Vegas, for a gathering of hackers and security experts. Among them, several New IP Agency members who sounded alarms and unveiled new capabilities to safeguard organizations from increasingly sophisticated attacks.
Of course, security wasn't the only thing occupying NIA members this week. Read on to catch up with some of the week's news:
Starting in September, Nokia will become supplier of managed services for Telefonica Germany's fixed and mobile network operations. Currently, Nokia provides managed services to E-Plus network, which Telefonica Germany acquired in 2014. Next month, Nokia will begin phasing in its network management tools, processes and knowledge and develop a "simplified management structure across Telefonica Germany's entire mobile access, core and fixed network operations," according to
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK).
The European Commission this week cleared Vodafone and
Liberty Global Europe BV to go ahead with the proposed merger of their operating businesses in the Netherlands to form an equal partnership. After completing a Phase I investigation, the governing body determined the transaction does not raise competitive concerns. Under the arrangement,
Vodafone Netherlands will divest its consumer fixed business before the two companies' Dutch operations' merger, a move designed to address potential concerns about any overlap between fixed telecoms and television operations of Vodafone and Liberty Global's Ziggo brand in the Netherlands.
T-Systems International GmbH and Apinauten GmbH partnered to offer enterprise IT developers a digital services platform that combines AppAgile and ApiOmat solutions. AppAgile is a platform-as-a-service that gives IT developers a technical development environment; ApiOmat is a backend-as-a-service that helps developers move digital processes into mobile apps and websites. The platform, which scales automatically, operates from a German data center, T-Systems says. The operator offers preconfigured middleware with AppAgile. The platform coordinates Java and database workload operation which IT can access via containers. For its part, ApiOmat is designed to securely speed up mobile development for Android, iOS and various web environments.
Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT) teamed up with
Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) on a security offering designed to provide CSPs with network and endpoint collection within one centralized solution. McAfee Unified Security Powered by Allot includes On-Net and Off-Net coverage; network and endpoint threat detection; a scalable platform for simplified service activation, awareness, operation and management, and the ability to protect mobile and Internet of Things devices, according to Allot.
Ixia's ThreatArmor -- part of the developer's Security Fabric -- now prevents Zero Day attack mutations based on their IP launch source, instead of analyzing them singly, the company says. Zero-Day Malware Immunity was designed to combat threats designed to evade detection by signature-based security engines, according to Ixia. ThreatArmor leverages information collected in its Application Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center; the security solution blocks malicious IPs based on a cloud-based "rap sheet" database,
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) says.
The Olympics is an opportunity for athletes -- and purveyors of malware.
Olympic attendees must contend with a large uptick in cybercrime, Fortinet FortiGuard Labs reports. The volume of malicious and phishing activities increased in June,
Fortinet Inc. warns. For example, malicious URLs grew 83% in Brazil versus 16% in the rest of the world, according to its research. Despite the surge, Brazil ranks security concerns at #23 out of 28 risks, whereas other nations -- such as the US, Netherlands and Japan -- place it as their top business worry, the World Economic Forum says.
Gigamon's Metadata Engine, a component of its GigaSecure Security Delivery Platform (SDP) now generates HTTP Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate metadata, helping CSPs and enterprise customers combat the growing number of SSL-based attacks and phishing sites that use SSL certificates to appear legitimate to targets and infected machines. GigaSecure monitors SSL certificate exchanges and provides metadata, including potentially false certificates, thereby accelerating and improving network safeguards,
Gigamon Systems LLC says.
Huawei unveiled Cloud Open Labs this week, an ecosystem designed to support open collaboration between operators, industry organizations and vendor partners in the move toward digital transformation. The company connected its four open labs and created a unified digital operations platform that supports CSPs' digital development, according to
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Over the past few years, enterprises increasingly have incorporated IT and technology throughout their businesses while simultaneously attempting to integrate customer service and feedback within design -- all processes simplified by cloud. Smartphone developer ZTE USA is now looking to leverage these capabilities and crowdsourcing via Project CSX, a member-led forum it will use to generate ideas and feedback for a mobile device it expects to release in 2017. The developer plans to award small cash prizes throughout the project, along with a chance to attend the Consumer Electronics Show. There are three rules: The product must be mobile, technologically feasible within the year and affordable for the general population,
ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) says.