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Enea Openwave is first to optimize Apple TV+ Streaming Service

Video could make up 90% of 5G traffic, as additional video streaming services such as Disney+ are launching in Q4 2019

Enea ®(Nasdaq Stockholm: ENEA) today announced that Enea Openwave has successfully optimized Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+, over mobile networks, using unique traffic management technology. Enea Openwave was able to achieve this in less than 24 hours after the service launched on November 1. Algorithms, which are device, resolution, codec and context-aware, were used to dynamically optimize Apple’s encrypted video content to deliver a higher quality viewing experience to mobile users that reduce video stalling and increases video watch time.

The streaming wars intensify when on November 12, Disney+ launches to compete with Netflix, Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime Video. With a host of other streaming services waiting in the wings for launch in 2020 including HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Enea Openwave’s Machine Learning-based technology will be able optimize these streaming services dynamically as they go live.

As 5G deployments start to grow, OTTs are ramping up investment in streaming services. Apple has spent over $6 billion on securing new content and Disney spent billions investing in new technological infrastructure and acquiring 21st Century Fox. A growing number of consumers indicate that they will be streaming more over 5G; in fact Enea Openwave’s research from the Mobile Video Industry Council indicates that over 90% percent of 5G traffic will be video, layered with encryption More OTT video content being consumed over mobile could be a major headache for operators – even on 5G.

“Managing the video experience is vital for operators to ensure end-user quality of experience”, said Indranil Chatterjee, Senior Vice President of Products, Sales & Marketing at Enea Openwave. “Within hours of its launch, our machine learning-based technology detected and optimized Apple TV+. Conventional technology is not fit for purpose, as it requires manual configuration – time operators just don’t have. Our solution works across OTT streams and takes into the account user device, application, radio congestion and ultimately delivers streaming video to mobile devices at a higher quality with reduced stalling.”

Openwave Mobility recently announced the launch of the Radio Access Network – Congestion Manager, which cuts the number of congested cells by 20 percent. The company works with 8 out of the 10 largest multi-territory mobile operator groups and has a footprint of more than 2 billion subscribers.

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5GAI/MLCyber Security

5G and AI Expected to Bring Heightened Cybersecurity Risks, Study Finds

An overwhelming majority of cybersecurity and risk management leaders believe that developments in 5G wireless technology will create cybersecurity challenges for their organizations. Their top three 5G-related concerns are greater risk of attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) networks, a wider attack surface and a lack of security by design in 5G hardware and firmware.

These are among the findings of a new report released today by Information Risk Management (IRM), a UK-based cybersecurity company of Altran, the global leader in engineering and R&D services.

The report, titled Risky Business,is based on a survey of senior cybersecurity and risk management decision makers at 50 global companies across seven major industry sectors: automotive, communications, energy, finance/public sector, software/internet, transport and pharmaceuticals. The study was conducted between July and September of this year.

Eighty-three percent of survey respondents said 5G developments will create cybersecurity challenges for their organizations, suggesting that the new technology will bring heightened risks. “The acceleration to market of 5G and lack of security considerations are causing concern,” the report states. “The vulnerabilities in 5G appear to go beyond wireless, introducing risks around virtualised and cloud native infrastructure.”

The study also found that 86% of respondents expect artificial intelligence (AI) to have an impact on their cybersecurity strategy over the next five years, as AI systems are integrated into core enterprise security functions. The top three AI applications that respondents said they would consider implementing as part of their cybersecurity strategy are network intrusion detection and prevention, fraud detection and secure user authentication.

AI in cybersecurity is a double-edged sword,” the report explains. “It can provide many companies with the tools to detect fraudulent activity on bank accounts, for example, but it is inevitably a tool being used by cybercriminals to carry out even more sophisticated attacks.”

In late August, for example, The Wall Street Journal reported that criminals using AI-based software had successfully mimicked a German CEO’s voice and had duped the head of a UK subsidiary into sending €220,000 ($243,000) to a fraudulent account. It is being dubbed one of the world’s first publicly known cyberattacks using AI. “We are likely to see more of this as the technology develops,” the report warns.

Commenting on the potential impact of 5G and AI on cybersecurity, Charles White, CEO of IRM, cautioned: “A lack of awareness of these technologies’ security implications can have far reaching consequences. At best an embarrassing fine and at worst a fatal blow to the bottom line. Now is the time for enterprises to work closely with their cybersecurity teams to design and develop 5G and AI products that place cybersecurity front and center.”

The study also found:

  • A growing number of C-level executives recognize the challenges facing enterprise security teams. Ninety-one percent of respondents said that increased cybersecurity awareness at the C-level has translated into their decision-making. But most cybersecurity decisions are still based on cost – and not on the safest solutions to put in place, according to respondents, indicating a lack of understanding of the financial and reputational impact of cyberattacks.
  • There is a worrisome lack of awareness of the Networks & Information Systems Directive/ Network & Information Systems Regulations, which is a piece of legislation setting a range of network and information security requirements for Operators of Essential Services (OES) and Digital Service Providers (DSPs). The survey found that 30% of respondents are unaware of the NIS Directive/Regulations, and of the 70% who are aware of the legislation, over a third (about 25% overall) have failed to implement the necessary changes.

IRM is at the heart of Altran’s recently formed World Class Center for Cybersecurity, which offers an extended portfolio of global solutions to protect next-generation networks and systems. With sites in North America, France, the UK and Portugal, the WCC for cybersecurity specializes in working with some of the world’s largest organizations to combat cyber challenges introduced by Industry 4.0.

To download a copy of the report, please visit https://www.irmsecurity.com/risky-business-2019-download.

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