The main theme of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona was the ongoing digital transformation toward a "connected society." 5G will be instrumental in the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies such as smart homes, smart cities, industry applications, high-speed media delivery, traffic control, autonomous driving, and big data analytics.
At the event, MWC participants shared their forecasts for IoT adoptions and showcased demos and trials of emerging, innovative use cases.
F5 Offers IoT Insight
F5 experts in security, network functions virtualization (NFV), IoT, and 5G met with customers from around the globe, participated in multi-vendor panel discussions, and held booth demonstrations on enabling the IoT via 5G technology with NFV. F5 experts also explored the features and vulnerabilities of IoT protocol MQTT, as well as F5 security solutions for IoT protocols.
Technology demonstration focus areas included:
IoT Security Concerns
A major topic of interest for attendees was IoT security. Mobile devices are increasingly being used in DDOS attacks, as was the case in the assaults on Netflix and Twitter in 2016.
To prevent DDoS attacks, F5 experts stress that service providers must collaborate with industry regulators and ecosystem partners to build secure and seamless platforms. Secure platforms will provide consistent connectivity and real-time insights to transform customer engagement and support the needs of end users. By analyzing intelligence gained from data collection, service providers can redefine their business models to tailor services for these users.
Platforms must also ensure end-to-end security with tight authentication of devices, authorization, and network-enforced policy for access to communication paths. In addition, the encryption of data for safety and privacy is critical for service providers to deliver an optimal customer experience and increase revenue streams.
For more information on topics covered at MWC, please see the links below:
The Internet of Things: Security and Business Impacts on Service Providers – White Paper
Benefits of a Tier-1 US Operator’s NFV Implementation – Blog Post
IoT Message Protocols: The Next Security Challenge for Service Providers? – Blog Post
Hello IoT, Goodbye Security Innocence – Blog Post
Breaking Through the NFV Fog in 2017 – Contributed Article
F5 Networks Reveals New Solutions to Boost Service Provider IoT and 5G-Readiness – Press Release