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Nagendra Bykampadi, Rakuten Symphony Global Head of Product Security, on how the company is focused on cloud security solutions to protect future networks

With the digital era revolutionising the telecom industry, businesses are facing calls to innovate further with AI and cloud-native technologies.

There are numerous benefits to the cloud-native approach, including increased network speeds, efficiency and agility in offering new services. As operators deploy new networks with expanded attack surfaces, perimeter-based defences are no longer viable. A new, more dynamic approach to security is now required. 

Significantly, many businesses are turning to “zero trust” security principles to protect cloud networks. Zero trust implies that any internal or external user or service requesting access to a resource is a potential threat and so should be challenged to verify identity every time a request is made. 

Rakuten Symphony, a Rakuten Group company, provides global B2B services to the telco industry. It was early to market delivering full-stack, Open RAN offerings to enable cloud-based international mobile services.

The company is playing a key role in defining O-RAN security specifications. It is leading security specifications work for Open Front Haul interfaces and O-Cloud, an O-RAN Alliance-defined cloud platform. 

Nagendra Bykampadi, Global Head of Product Security at Rakuten Symphony and co-chair of the O-RAN Alliance Security Work Group (WG11), said at MWC Barcelona 2024: “We have taken some of our experiences and learnings from our deployment in RMI and worked closely with MITRE to begin a new work item in WG11 on zero trust architecture for O-RAN based networks.

“We feel zero trust is required to protect our networks for the future.”

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