Press Release Summary:
Intended for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks, Multiservice Security Gateway protects IMS subscriber's link into IMS network as well as IMS core elements. It combines secure termination, authentication, data confidentiality, VoIP and media flow security, DOS attack protection, and Network Address Translation traversal. Gateway supports up to 150,000 simultaneous registered users and up to 1 million simultaneous media flow connections.
Original Press Release:
Reef Point Secures the New Converged IP Services Edge with Industry's First Multiservice IMS Security Gateway
BARCELONA, Spain, 3GSM World Congress, Feb. 13 Reef Point Systems (http://reefpoint.com/), the leader in carrier-class security solutions for fixed mobile convergence networks, today announced the availability of the industry's first massively-scaleable Multiservice Security Gateway for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks extending across multiple next generation networking standards including 3GPP IMS, 3GPP2, ETSI TISPAN, and PacketCable.
"Fixed mobile convergence creates a requirement for a new category of products to secure the IP services edge," said Will Stofega, Research Manager, VoIP Services at International Data Corporation (IDC). "With convergence, previously closed and protected networks such as mobile and cable, become open to the public Internet, making them extremely vulnerable to malicious attacks. While creating enormous new revenue-enhancing opportunities for service providers, the new IP services edge also becomes a dangerous frontier if left unsecured."
Unlike other approaches, such as session border controllers that offer limited scale and provide only limited security services, the Reef Point solution takes a multi-zoned, fully virtualized, defense-in-depth approach to security that includes individualized subscriber protection for up to a million simultaneous IMS flows, network core and element protection, as well as protection for the gateway itself. This enables providers of converged networks to offer consumer and enterprise customers the confidence of a secure connection that is protected from theft of service, eavesdropping, service availability attacks, and malware.
In addition, the IMS Security Gateway also supports Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) security functionality, providing the industry's leading combined UMA and IMS solution today. This provides operators deploying UMA today with a smooth migration path to IMS without the need to replace installed gateways.
"Both UMA and IMS create the need for a new class of massively scaleable secure edge gateways," said Stephen Diamond, CEO of Reef Point Systems. "Comprehensive security must be built into these converged networks from the beginning to ensure the success of new IP service offerings. Reef Point is leading the way with these solutions. We are pleased to be entering trials with several carriers around the world over the next two quarters."
Reef Point's IMS Security Gateway
The Reef Point gateway moves security to the edge of the IMS network and separates the media and signaling plane security functionality, dramatically increasing the performance and scale of the solution and enabling mass market deployments of IMS. The Gateway protects both the IMS subscriber's link into the IMS network as well as the IMS core elements, including the Call and Session Control Function (CSCF) Servers, Application Servers and the Home Subscriber Server. The gateway combines a comprehensive set of security services into a single solution that includes secure termination, authentication, data confidentiality, VOIP and media flow security, Denial of Service (DOS) attack protection, Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal, and Quality of Service (QOS). The Gateway can be deployed as a border and/or access security solution, providing exceptional flexibility for a multitude of converged network architectures.
The Reef Point IMS Security Gateway features include:
o Massive Scalability - The Reef Point solution supports up to 150,000 simultaneous registered users, with support for up to a million simultaneous media flow connections; significantly reducing capital and operating costs when compared to other approaches such as session border controllers that support only one tenth the capacity.
o Comprehensive Multiservice Security - The Reef Point gateway provides robust threat defense including stateful firewalls with Denial of Service attack prevention, intrusion detection services, custom firewall filtering, dynamic virtual routing with NAT Traversal, and session limiting to protect against external threats. The IMS security gateway in the industry's only complete multiservice security solution for converged networks.
o Rich SIP Security Features - By separating security for the control and media flows in an IMS network, the gateway provides the industry's highest performance and scalability for IMS networks available today. Reef Point supports multiple authentication and encryption methods for securing SIP sessions, a carrier-scale SIP Application Layer Gateway for high-performance, transparent SIP firewall, rich SIP Denial of Service Protection, per-flow traffic mirroring to ensure compliance with lawful intercept, and per-flow Quality of Service to ensure prioritization of real-time media and prevention against toll fraud.
o Purpose-built, Carrier-class Design - Uncompromising high-performance & reliability is provided through Reef Point's patented Flow Application Streaming Technology and optimum mix of custom ASICs/FPGAs and network processors. Reef Point's unique design assures the complete set of security services are delivered with uncompromising performance, even in the most stringent network deployments.
The IMS Security Gateway is available immediately from Reef Point and through the Company's global channel partners.
About Reef Point Systems
Reef Point Systems (http://reefpoint.com/) is a privately held company that delivers extreme security for a converged world. Reef Point supports the migration to global converged services by offering massively scalable, carrier-class multiservice security solutions for fixed mobile convergence networks. Reef Point's extreme security solutions enable service providers to secure the network infrastructure and protect multiple revenue streams, eliminate the cost and complexity of installing and managing separate devices, and reduce operating costs. Reef Point Systems is located in Burlington, Massachusetts.
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