Monday, February 25, 2013

Narus: Time to Out Innovate Cyber Attackers with Cyber 3.0

Narus, which develops big data analytics for cyber security, is setting its sights on Cyber 3.0 -- a new approach to cyber security whereby machine learning serves as the foundation of next-generation security products that protects devices, organizations and people.

Narus, which is a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Boeing, said a new approach to cyber security is made possible by the semantic web.  Instead of just reacting to new cyber security attacks, the industry must leverage the power of the predictive web to get ahead of the threat and out-innovate the adversaries.

The company defines Cyber 3.0 as "the intersection of the semantic Web and cyber." Because of the massive volume of data, the new security framework relies on machine-to-machine learning that enables the collection, extraction, fusion, analysis and connection of information. Ultimately, it provides the visibility, control and context required to protect organizations in today's environment. Cyber 3.0 will be the foundation for a future in which machines drive decision-making.

Narus has filed or been awarded 32 patents related to cyber security. The company is announcing the following products at this week's RSA Conference in San Francisco.

  • Narus nSystem: New big data analytics solution leverages machine learning and automated continuous learning to achieve incisive intelligence for protection of critical assets. The system processes 100 percent of network packets to discover, analyze and understand every cyber interaction, and deliver the visibility, control and context required. The result is the Narus nSystem, which can scan millions of pieces of data and metadata; aggregate data about users, communities, devices and applications; and then delve into the traffic as well as the content behind network behavior. Narus said its solution ensures that every interaction is contextualized to help users draw conclusions about patterns and relationships. And semantic analysis provides clear insight into details about location, demographics, topics, interests, roles, personal information, relationships and more. Users can then discover unknown relationships and contextualize all interactions to gain incisive intelligence based on learned relationships, and predict threats and protect critical assets.
  • Narus Application Whitelisting Technology: A breakthrough application classification technology that automates the formerly manual process of generating application signatures, and identifies them in real time. This new technology replaces any human intervention in the reverse-engineering process. Patented algorithms automatically identify the presence of unknown applications and generate their corresponding signatures and labels in seconds.
  • Narus N10: Cloud-based information security software that provides complete document control using a secure, cloud-based environment, proprietary encryption, and rigorous authentication and authorization.
"Narus is a pioneer in cyber security and Cyber 3.0, having put new ideas and concepts into practice to keep pace with the constant evolution of the cyber world," said John Trobough, president, Narus. "Armed with innovative and patented technology, revolutionary new solutions, and strategic partnerships, Narus will continue to help the world's organizations protect their critical assets in this increasingly hyper-connected world.”

http://www.narus.com


IBM and Nokia Siemens Networks Develop Mobile Edge Computing Platform

Nokia Siemens Networks and IBM are developing a mobile edge computing platform that can run applications directly within a mobile base station. The idea is to accelerate application performance and rich media services by running directly at the base station, driving down latency.

Nokia Siemens Networks Liquid Applications and IBM’s WebSphere Application Service Platform for Networks (ASPN) together a solution for running applications at the mobile edge. Liquid Applications is part of Nokia Siemens Networks Liquid Broadband framework enabling a unique interaction between a mobile subscriber’s smart device, their applications and the mobile network. The company’s Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS) is fully integrated with the Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi Multiradio Base Station and features access to real-time network data that has never been exploited before. RACS integrates IBM’s ASPN platform and provides a standards-based cloud runtime environment, and is designed to allow mobile operators to deploy, run and integrate applications to the mobile edge.

“Pushing applications, processing and storage to the edge of the mobile network allows large complex problems to be distributed into many smaller and more manageable pieces and to be physically located at the source of the information it needs to work on,” said Phil Buckellew, vice president, IBM Mobile Enterprise. “This enables a huge amount of rich data to be processed in real time that would be prohibitively complex and costly to deliver on a traditional centralized cloud.”

http://www.nsn.com
http://www.ibm.com

Altera to Build Next FPGAs on Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate


Altera's next generation FPGAs will be based on Intel’s 14 nm tri-gate transistor technology. These next-generation products target ultra high-performance systems for military, wireline communications, cloud networking, and compute and storage applications.
Under a partnership deal announced by the firms, Altera’s next-generation products will now include 14 nm, in addition to previously announced 20 nm technologies.

"Altera’s FPGAs using Intel 14 nm technology will enable customers to design with the most advanced, highest-performing FPGAs in the industry,” said John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera. “In addition, Altera gains a tremendous competitive advantage at the high end in that we are the only major FPGA company with access to this technology."

Telefónica Pursues Firefox OS


The first Telefonica Firefox OS devices are expected to launch in Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela during mid- 2013 with initial launch devices from Alcatel One Touch, LG and ZTE.

Telefónica is pursuing Firefox OS, the new, open mobile operating system from Mozilla. 

The first Firefox OS handsets to launch in these initial markets will be manufactured by Alcatel One Touch, LG and ZTE, featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. 

Telefónica said the new Firefox OS marks a significant milestone for the mobile industry, enabling for the first time devices to be manufactured to totally open web standards. It provides an alternative to current, closed mobile ecosystems that lock consumers in.

“2013 marks the start of a new phase in our industry, one that will be characterized by open standards,” said César Alierta, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica. “For Telefónica and the telco sector as a whole, Firefox OS is a hugely important strategic initiative to change the prevailing value chain in the digital world. It is a major step to bring balance back to the telco sector, an initiative with strong cross-industry support. I am very pleased that our customers in Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela will be amongst the first in the world to experience Firefox OS and I look forward to making it available to all Telefónica customers globally.”

http://www.telefonica.com

In July 2012, Mozilla plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5 has gained the backing of some leading mobile operators, including Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor.

The idea is an open mobile OS and device architecture where every phone feature (calling, messaging, games, etc.) is an HTML5 application. The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project”.

TCL Communication Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE have announced their intentions to manufacture the first devices to feature the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. The first Firefox OS powered devices are expected to launch commercially in Brazil in early 2013 through Telefónica’s commercial brand, Vivo.

Bharti Airtel to offer GSM Voice Services to LTE Customers

Bharti Airtel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to launch voice services for its TD-LTE customers in Pune, India, through its existing GSM network.

Specifically, Bharti Airtel has selected NSN to deploy its Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice solution in the operator’s live TD-LTE network in the city. With CSFB, the network can transfer customers to GSM platform to make and receive voice calls and access voicemails while retaining the experience of ultra-fast data services on 4G smartphones.

Thorsten Robrecht, head of Mobile Broadband portfolio management at Nokia Siemens Networks, said, “This achievement of enabling world-first voice call fallback from TD-LTE to GSM in live network is yet another milestone in our efforts to strengthen the commercialization and deployment of TD-LTE technology globally. Our CSFB assures a successful and reliable mechanism for voice services alongside any LTE data service.”

Nokia Siemens Networks deployed its radio network elements in addition to its voice core and packet core network elements, including its Flexi Multiradio Base Station, its Mobile Softswitching (MSS) systems and its Liquid Core-based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). Nokia Siemens Networks’ network management system NetAct has been implemented to monitor, manage and optimize the whole network.

http://www.nsn.com

KDDI Picks Cisco ASR 5500 for Mobile Multimedia Core

KDDI of Japan has selected the Cisco ASR 5500 mobile multimedia core platform as a core element of its mobile Internet network.

The Cisco ASR 5500 will be a foundational element for KDDI’s LTE network.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco noted that its ASR 5500 provides intra-chassis virtualization capable of allocating resources on-demand across transactions, throughput and sessions over heterogeneous networks to support multiple control and bearer functions and services, such as policy charging and rules function (PCRF) and deep packet inspection (DPI), with high-reliability and high-availability.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1146506

Octasic Intros Industry’s First Dual-Mode Small Cell Platform

Octasic introduced its newest Small Cell platform, the SDR4000, supporting simultaneous multi-standard operation over a cell range of 20 km.

Octasic's OEM-ready platform includes baseband hardware and software, three RF front ends, and an application processor.  It enables simultaneous 2G, 3G, and 4G operation in a compact (170x170 mm) form factor that can be powered over Ethernet with passive cooling. Capacity ranges from 16 to 100 active users across multiple cellular standards.

A key feature is that the SDR4000’s dynamically re-programmable radios can operate from 700 MHz to 2.7 GHz with bandwidth from 200 kHz to 20 MHz. The same platform can be used in all operator networks worldwide or for custom waveforms and frequency bands.

Octasic’s flexiPHY software offers 3GPP compliant physical layers for GSM, UMTS, and LTE, eliminating the need for OEMs to develop the baseband portion of
the design.  In addition, Octasic's Opus Studion development toolset lets OEMs enhance the flexiPHY software or enable them to develop their own proprietary PHY.

The design features three radio front-ends, enabling it to support continuously active network listen during cellular operation. This enables advanced Radio Resource
Management (RRM) strategies for powerful Self Organizing Network (SON) capabiliti

For the application processor, Octasic has selected the Intel Atom processor.  Specifically, Octasic is using the Intel Atom processor N2600. A single processor can run the UMTS RNC stack as well as the LTE Layer 2 and 3, supporting 100 active users. Furthermore, Intel QuickAssist Technology provides easy-to-use software for data-plane acceleration, while supporting migration across Intel-based devices.

“Small Cell technology is creating disruption in the conventional basestation landscape as well as enabling innovative new applications. Vendors are moving very quickly to stake claims in these new markets,” said Fabio Gambacorta, VP Sales and Business Development at Octasic.

http://www.octasic.com

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile Co-Develop lightRadio Metro Radio

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile are jointly developing a lightRadio Metro Radio designed for deployment in China.

Available now for large-scale commercial deployment in China Mobile’s first trial TD-LTE network, which spans 13 cities in China, lightRadio Metro Radio will bring 4G services to residents in densely populated areas of Shanghai, Nanjing and Qingdao.

In China, lightRadio Metro Radio will be deployed in busy indoor and outdoor locations, such as shopping malls and stadiums where coverage can suffer either from the large number of consumers trying to access a network, or because the density of buildings impedes the radio signal.

China Mobile currently has over 722 million subscribers - over half of the total mobile subscriptions in the country.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


  • Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile signed a co-creation agreement in January 2012 to conduct joint development and test activities on a series of lightRadio TD-LTE projects to speed the deployment of LTE in China. TD-LTE is the 4G standard developed for use across China, and it is now being adopted by operators across the globe. lightRadio Metro Radio houses two lightRadio cubes, fully integrated with a directional antennae, allowing it to provide the coverage normally associated with a much bulkier, heavier remote radio unit linked to an external antenna via an RF coaxial cable.


Ericsson to provide UK 4G/LTE network for O2

O2, a Telefónica brand serving 23 million mobile subscribers in the UK, named Ericsson as sole supplier to provide an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for its LTE network.  In addition, Ericsson will transform 50 percent of its nationwide network by supplying and deploying the latest RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deployment includes Ericsson's Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 Smart Services Router family and SGSN-MME on the Ericsson Blade System. It also include customer support services.

Ericsson has now signed 130 LTE/EPC contracts in 51 countries on six continents.

http://www.ericsson.com

Nokia Siemens Networks Appoints Eva Elmstedt to Head Services Business

Eva Elmstedt has been appointed to lead the services business at Nokia Siemens Networks. She has also been chosen to join the company’s executive board. Elmstedt joins Nokia Siemens Networks from Ericsson, where she recently held the role of Vice President, Product Related Services responsible for network implementation, care services and optimization services. In this role she was responsible for a significant portion of Ericsson’s revenue, managed a large, global organization, and drove significantly improved revenue and profitability. Before that role, Elmstedt held a number of other senior roles at Ericsson and was responsible for Customer Support and IT Service Delivery. She has also held leadership roles on the operator side, including chief information officer of 3 Scandinavia. Before that, she spent many years in the IT sector including ten years with IBM where she held several senior positions in consulting and management. http://www.nsn.com

See also