According to security technologist Bruce Schneier: “Modern networks are more like cities, dynamic and complex entities with many different boundaries within them. The access, authorization, and trust relationships are even more complicated.”
Schneier was describing the IT network (in a foreword to Security in 2020
) but he could have easily have been discussing the mobile network because, thanks to convergence and the developments in mobile broadband, they’re fast becoming one and the same.
Mobile service providers, vendors and end users are subject to similarly significant challenges (and opportunities). For example, how is the switched network to protect itself from the viruses in the IP world, now LTE is bringing true convergence? Can IP based services accessed on the mobile device, and tapping into the user’s identity, ever be truly secure? Also, how can consumers protect their data from advertisers and brands bent on gaining as deep an insight as possible into their psyche and buying behaviour? Indeed, do they want to? >>