End Users Need to Take More Responsibility for Cloud Security

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1Q 2019 | IN-5391


An Unwanted and Untimely Distraction


Last week, Vodafone announced that it had decided to “pause” the use of Huawei equipment in its core networks across Europe. This marked the latest incidence of a telecommunications firm disassociating itself from Huawei since it was claimed that the latter’s hardware was being used by the Chinese government for espionage. Additional moves to remove Huawei technology from phone networks are only likely to grow in number as new 5G mobile networks are rolled out in 2019. Historically, sensitive information at the core of telecommunications networks would be protected by confining high risk vendor equipment to the edge of networks. 5G networks collapse the distinction between core and edge, opening an entire network to an increased level of threat. However, a focus on the security of hardware is an unwanted distraction. As enterprises move to the cloud, a discussion needs to be had about a well-established but underappreciated security risk--attacks focused on cloud service providers and third parties who contribute to the IT supply chain.

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