5G Networks: Shaping Quality of Experience (QoE) in the 5G Era

After reigning for 8+ years as the standard for mobile broadband, 4G networks are about to be dethroned by 5G. 5G networks promise dramatically faster speeds, lower latency and massive machine to machine communications – but is this enough to ensure happy consumers? Back in 2009, 4G was launched with the promise of delivering faster…

10 Ransomware Attacks You Should Know About in 2019

Ransomware was deemed one of the biggest malware threats of 2018, and it continues to disrupt the operations of businesses and the daily lives of individuals all over the world in 2019. The 2019 ransomware landscape is quite diverse – security researchers track over 1,100 different ransomware variants preying on innocent web users. As this…

DNS Attack on Yandex – Can It Happen to You?

Last week, Russian media was hit with news about massive DNS (Domain Name System) attacks on Yandex, the country’s biggest technology company and local giant of internet search – essentially, the Google of Russia. The network attacks exploited vulnerabilities in the block-list system of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s state censor, that the government uses to ban sites…

Closed-Loop Automation: What it means for CSPs | Allot

Where is Your CSP on the Closed Loop Automation Journey? Automation in telecom is not new. But it has evolved. Initially, it was about being more efficient at solving well-defined problems – the known knowns. Solutions like Root Cause Analysis that reduced tens of thousands of NOC alarms to a single “parent alarm”, which highlighted…

IoT Security and the Home Consumer

  True story. All I wanted was to upgrade our home thermostat to a smart one. What did I end up with? A lecture about IoT security. Who gave me the lecture? You won’t guess—my wife! Smart and educated, my wife is well-versed in what’s going on in the world through reading newspapers and watching…

Recapping MWC 2018: Four Things We Would Like to Have Seen

Another Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone. An impressive event as always, this year over 100,000 people descended on an unusually chilly Barcelona for the world’s largest exhibition for the ever-expanding mobile industry to learn about the latest trends and technologies – and to showcase the latest innovations. If one word were to…

From the Flu to DDoS – an Epidemic of Epidemics!

Last week, while the mobile industry was busy celebrating telecom innovation at MWC18, another kind of innovation was making headlines: a record 1.35 Tbps DDoS attack was launched (and it has already been surpassed), causing some disruption and highlighting the potential for much worse. In this instance, the attack was detected and mitigated relatively quickly—but…

What’s Happening at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona 2018

Yes, the new year is well underway and it’s time for the highlight of the mobile industry’s calendar—the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. GSMA claims that this year’s event is bigger and better than any before with delegates from all four corners of the globe looking to learn about the latest and greatest developments in…

The Economics of Home IoT Cyber Crime

IoT devices in the home are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. This can lead to invasions of personal privacy as well as attacks on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and IoT vendor property and infrastructure. It is likely that this trend will continue with attacks becoming more widespread and sophisticated. The past five years has…