AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile security, today publicly launched its Threat Intelligence Unit. The AdaptiveMobile Threat Intelligence Unit (TIU), a formalised integration of the Company’s Security Practice and its Data Intelligence Team, will provide network operators with intelligence on the current and emerging threats to their networks. Research by AdaptiveMobile has revealed that previously considered theoretical SS7 exploits have been actively detected in mobile operator networks worldwide. Such important security revelations, combined with the rapid advancement in mobile threat volume and complexity, have led to the creation of the AdaptiveMobile TIU, providing industry-leading analysis and defence to protect operators and both their enterprise and consumer subscribers.

Operator networks are demanding a more comprehensive approach to protect against advanced mobile threats, starting with a clear understanding of their threat vectors and vulnerabilities. As mobile networks increasingly become a target of abuse and exploitation, it is vital the industry is able to remain one step ahead and protect against individuals and organisations that pose a threat to either personal or national security.

The recently revealed security threats to the SS7 network show how rogue access to this network is possible and a lack of end-to-end authentication is leaving operator networks vulnerable to new types of attacks. As seen in Ukraine in 2014, subscriber locations can be accurately pin-pointed, personal phone calls and messages monitored, network and subscriber data manipulated and defrauded, and user privacy and revenues from key services placed under threat.

AdaptiveMobile visualisation of SS7 Activity between several mobile operators over a short time spam - looking for abnormal behaviour. Colours represent a selection of different SS7 packet types. The 'clumps' are groups of similar SS7 node types.

AdaptiveMobile visualisation of SS7 Activity between several mobile operators over a short time spam – looking for abnormal behaviour. Colours represent a selection of different SS7 packet types. The ‘clumps’ are groups of similar SS7 node types.

With over 75 operators as customers, witnessing in excess of 30 billion mobile events every day from across the globe, AdaptiveMobile is uniquely placed to continue identifying, protecting and remediating against the widest range of threats attacking mobile networks.

“The launch of the AdaptiveMobile TIU is critical because the mobile security threat landscape has changed,” says Cathal Mc Daid, head of the AdaptiveMobile Threat Intelligence Unit. “Our customers are demanding a greater insight into the vulnerabilities to which they are exposed. Our team of experts in mobile network security, combined with an unrivalled view of the mobile threat landscape, allows us to formalise a centre of excellence in mobile security within AdaptiveMobile and make this available to our customers and the Industry,” Mc Daid adds.

Responsible for a suite of managed services including Grey Route Protection, SS7 Protection, Messaging Abuse Prevention and Service Gateway Protection, the Threat Intelligence Unit is the company core for mobile security research and development.

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