Nokia has announced the launch of its Dallas, Texas-based Advanced Security Testing and Research lab equipped with end-to-end 5G testing and focused solely on cybersecurity.
Referred to as ASTaR, the lab takes a holistic approach to researching and testing secure solutions and potential network threat mitigations to go beyond looking at individual network elements and focus on the larger context of network use and abuse scenarios.
“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 Nokia Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Nishant Batra.
In the 5G era, as the nature and scale of information networks evolve, as does the nature and scale of security threats. As the central lab dedicated to security forensics and research, ASTaR will use and develop cutting-edge tools and techniques to assess the security resilience of 5G networks, and their associated software, hardware and applications.
ASTaR will then use these assessments to address emerging security threats, and lab researchers will engage with the cybersecurity community to identify emerging threat vectors and potential vulnerabilities.
“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,” Batra said. “ASTaR lab will be an ideal testing ground to assess security in the larger context of network use and abuse scenarios.”
ASTaR lab will be staffed by U.S.-based specialists in cybersecurity and is located on Nokia’s Dallas campus.