ADVA Optical noted in a blog post that “network edge devices are frequently connected over untrusted networks, including the Internet.” Since the Spectre and Meltdown security breach, the telecommunications industry is homing in on security issues and threats; and multi-access edge computing (MEC) does have some security weak points.
A brief definition of MEC is computing that transpires at the network’s edge. Local sources — such as a cell phone tower, a router, or a data center — close to the end-user form the network’s edge. MEC solves issues regarding lower latency, offers a stable connection, and delivers real-time data transfer that’s now required for modern computing and connected devices. While it solves computing issues, it also has some pitfalls as well. ADVA Optical addresses those security issues. Review the security measures for MEC that ADVA Optical recommends.
ADVA Optical’s MEC Security Advice:
In the same blog post as above, ADVA Optical suggests these following methods as ways to prevent security attacks. Firstly, separate the control plane from the virtual network functions (VNF) resources. The “closing of software entry points reduces the attack surface significantly,” the company explained. Secondly, only grant network edge access to trusted parties. And lastly, the company recommends a layered defense, with an emphasis on encryption.
ADVA Optical does mention how the company includes security measures in its product line offerings. Its MEC product FSP 150 ProVMe Series includes a technology ADVA Optical has named as ConnectGuard, which includes encryption, is tamper resistant, and it provides network isolation. ConnectGuard’s encrypts “across line speeds of up to 200Gbit/s and eliminates the need for stand-alone security equipment,” delivering a low-latency security solution to computing.