Sparkle in pact with Positive Technologies to strengthen 4G signalling

19 March 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Sparkle is setting up a service to improve the security of mobile operators’ signalling networks.

According to the company, the international wholesale arm of Italy’s TIM, Sparkle Signalling Protection Suite detects and blocks unauthorised traffic in order to prevent potential privacy loss, operational instability and revenue losses.

The company is working with US-based enterprise security specialist Positive Technologies, whose research has shown that 4G infrastructure is vulnerable to the same attacks as older, SS7-based networks.

“Critical vulnerabilities in signalling protocols and network configuration errors provide the means for hackers to perform attacks that can, for example, steal subscribers’ data, spy on subscriber location, commit fraud, and perform denial of service attacks,” said the two companies about the partnership.

They added: “Sparkle and Positive Technologies will provide customers with a set of advanced security services such as vulnerability testing, best practice compliance assessment, signalling firewall and security monitoring for real time detection of anomalous activities – whole set for protection of the entire signalling network perimeter, both national and international.”

Positive Technologies was set up in 2002 and has offices near Boston, Massachusetts, and the privately owned company also has offices in Europe, north Africa and Asia.