In Dallas, Texas, Nokia has opened its Advanced Security Testing and Research (ASTaR) facility. Nokia claims it to be the first end-to-end 5G testing facility dedicated completely to cybersecurity in the United States. ASTaR’s comprehensive approach to studying and testing secure solutions and potential network threat mitigations will look at the wider context of network use and abuse scenarios in addition to specific network pieces.
Many types of interworking endpoints, substantial usage of open-source software, and widespread use of 5G in a number of sectors provide more attack routes for hackers, state actors, and corporate espionage, according to Nokia.
ASTaR is aimed at utilizing and developing cutting-edge tools and methodologies to analyze the security resilience of 5G networks, as well as their related software, hardware, and applications, as the core lab dedicated completely to security forensics and research. The lab researchers will engage with the cybersecurity community to identify emerging attack vectors and potential vulnerabilities, and ASTaR will use these evaluations to address new cybersecurity risks.
“5G will enable countless new services for consumers, government and businesses, and the industry must be hyper-vigilant in ensuring these 5G ecosystems are secure,” said Nishant Batra, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at Nokia. “To demonstrate our leadership and commitment to security, Nokia will be the first to inaugurate a lab in the U.S. with the singular mission of identifying and preventing cybersecurity attacks. ASTaR lab will be an ideal testing ground to assess security in the larger context of network use and abuse scenarios.”
Cybersecurity Experts from the U.S.
The lab will act as a central repository for cybersecurity expertise that Nokia will share with its operator, business, and government clients. In addition, Nokia plans to engage with customers to evaluate network attack scenarios and see how security solutions will fare against real-world security breaches.
The ASTaR lab will be staffed by cybersecurity experts from the United States and will be placed on Nokia’s Dallas campus. ASTaR will also take use of Nokia Bell Labs’ cutting-edge security research capabilities.
The Executive Experience Center, Energy Innovation Center, O-RAN Collaboration and Testing Center, Cloud Collaboration Hub, and Nokia Services Lab are all located in Nokia’s Dallas office, making it a convenient destination for clients interested in learning more about the company’s entire portfolio and capabilities.