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Press Release -- February 12th, 2014
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

New network-based security solution from NSN helps protect smart device users against malware #MWC14

  • Detects mobile malware and helps resolve the infection
  • NSN extends its strategy for building an end-to-end security architecture

Nokia Solutions and Networks has devised a new way to detect mobile malware, giving operators a competitive edge in defending subscribers against fraud, even when they have no anti-malware software on their smart devices. NSN Mobile Guard uses data* on the use of telco services such as voice, SMS and mobile broadband, and analyzes network traffic patterns, working faster than conventional systems that employ signature mechanisms and other generic methods to detect malware. Mobile Guard also notifies the user, blocks the affected services on the network and helps subscribers cleanse their smart devices.

Based on NSN’s telco and security expertise, Mobile Guard correlates suspicious network traffic patterns to known threats, building on trusted malware intelligence from its partner F-Secure**. NSN’s method is self-learning and detects new malware earlier than conventional signature recognition, enabling immediate action to improve protection for smart devices.

The new solution then automatically contains the malware’s activities, for example preventing premium rate SMS messages being sent, or blocking unauthorized mobile payments. Mobile Guard also alerts the subscriber to the contamination, and can optionally offer software to disinfect the device and provide further protection to complement the network-based defense.

“Operators are in a unique position to protect their networks and their customers’ connections and content,” said Patrick Donegan, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “By extending its mobile network security portfolio out to the user device, NSN is taking its portfolio beyond infrastructure-based security solutions to directly protect subscribers against mobile malware.”

“Mobile Guard evolves NSN’s existing Content Security solution to deliver end-to-end total protection for subscribers and operators. Operators can use this best-available protection to differentiate on security and win new revenue by ensuring their subscribers are alerted to threats they may not even realize exist and preventing problems such as unexpectedly large bills that could lead to customer churning,” said Thorsten Robrecht, vice president, MBB portfolio management, NSN.

Mobile Guard’s monitoring dashboard is customized for mobile broadband operators to provide detailed infection data in real-time and is delivered as a content package from NSN Customer Experience Management (CEM) on Demand.

NSN combines its own telco and security expertise with advanced products from other vendors. This strategy enables NSN to deliver end-to-end security solutions for mobile broadband networks.

Click here to download a picture illustrating how NSN Mobile Guard works.

To learn more about NSN’s enhancements in telco security, network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to visit NSN’s Experience Center in Hall 3, 3B10 at Mobile World Congress, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain.

We invite you to watch a video and follow our launches on, and register for the #NSNperformance webinar series starting on March 13, 2014.

To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion with @NSNtweets on Twitter using #MWC14, #NSNperformance, #telcosecurity, #smartphone and #LTE. For expert insights, visit our blog.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 11.3 billion euros in 2013. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.

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* Mobile Guard combines different mechanisms to provide powerful protection for smart device users:

  • Telco data sources (voice, SMS and mobile broadband data) are used alongside traffic patterns for detection and mitigation
  • NSN’s approach is holistic, encompassing both network-based and client-based solutions
  • Provides automated actions and mitigation for subscribers including optional anti-malware device software
  • Provides operators detailed information about subscriber devices that have been infected

** F-Secure has 25 years of experience in IT security services and 14 years of experience in protecting against mobile malware, based on extensive security research and specialized laboratories. F-Secure Security as a Service solutions are available through over 200 operators around the world and trusted in millions of devices, homes and businesses. F-Secure’s malware intelligence database and mobile security clients are used in NSN Mobile Guard to build an end-to-end security service.

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