Virtualised 5G security protects subscribers at the network level

September 21, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Virtualised 5G security protects subscribers at the network level
Avast Smart Life for 5G allows carriers to offer new in-home and on-the-go security services, protecting IoT devices, handsets and sensitive data.

Avast has launched Avast Smart Life for 5G, its first smart home security system for 5G, delivered as a virtualised network function (VNF). It enables operators to protect their subscribers' smart home and all connected devices at the virtual router level, based on AI driven threat detection technology. The VNF scans traffic and immediately blocks security risks on all of a customer's devices, both inside the home and on-the-go.

Carriers can integrate Avast Smart Life for 5G as a VNF, protecting their subscribers' devices seamlessly at the virtual router level. AI-based threat intelligence technology is used to identify connected devices, malicious URLs and unusual network traffic. It can then alert the subscriber to, and block, unusual or unwanted activity at a network level. Parental controls also offer families the ability to filter the content and apps their children can access, including social media and videos.

"With family security, privacy, and online safety presenting significant concerns for consumers, delivering advanced security in the network is an opportunity for carriers," said Nick Viney, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Partner, Business Unit at Avast. "The ability to offer a converged protection across all customer devices from malware, network attacks, and fine-grained parental controls over access and content, will be a valuable differentiating service."

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Avast's team has extensive experience in integrating consumer security with carrier systems. For example, partners such as WINDTRE already offer Avast security to their subscribers.

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