Sweden bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks
Sweden’s telecommunications regulator has decided to ban China’s biggest 5G companies – Huawei and ZTE – from its networks.
The announcement comes after advice from the country’s armed forces and security agencies describing China as “one of the biggest threats to Sweden” and accusing it of “extensive intelligence gathering and theft of technology, research and development”.
Anders Ygeman, Sweden’s energy and digitalisation minister, was less direct, and insisted the sanctions were not aimed at individual countries or companies, even though only two firms were cited in the ban.
According to the regulator, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), Sweden’s radio access network, transmission network, core network and maintenance network will no longer be permitted to include products from Huawei or ZTE.
Sweden is well placed to fill the void created by the decision. It is home to Ericsson, Huawei’s biggest competitor in 5G, and benefits from strong ties to Nokia, based in neighbouring Finland.
Germany, one of Huawei’s biggest markets, is also considering a ban.
Ivanti Acquires RiskSense to Combat Cyber Attacks
Ivanti, an IT asset and service management software solutions provider, has acquired RiskSense, a company that works in risk-based vulnerability management and prioritisation, to drive the next evolution of patch management.
This combination of the two companies will enable organisations to ‘shrink their attack surface, prioritise vulnerabilities to remediate, and reduce their exposure to cyber threats and ransomware attacks by taking a proactive, risk-based approach to patch management’. The terms of the RiskSense transaction were not disclosed.
“Over the past two years, cyberattacks such as ransomware have crossed the line from being a nuisance to truly disrupting society,” said Srinivas Mukkamala, CEO of RiskSense. “And unpatched vulnerabilities remain one of the common points of infiltration into organisations’ ecosystems. I’m committed to the global fight against ransomware. And I truly believe that the combination of risk-based vulnerability prioritisation and automated patch intelligence can help organisations reduce their exposure and make a major impact in global cyberspace. Together, RiskSense and Ivanti will help customers drive operational efficiencies and defend against the next wave of sophisticated cyber threats, including ransomware attacks.”
Providing IT teams with the tools to tackle cyber issues
Solutions from the combined companies are expected to reduce the meantime to detect, discover, remediate, and respond to cyber threats, particularly critical vulnerabilities linked to or associated with ransomware. Together, Ivanti and RiskSense will provide security and IT teams with context and adaptive intelligence regarding what their organisation’s exposures are to vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited, including whether those vulnerabilities are tied to ransomware, and then enable them to quickly remediate those threats.
Ivanti has already integrated the RiskSense Vulnerability Intelligence and Vulnerability Risk Rating, which prioritises and quantifies adversarial risk based on factors such as threat intelligence, in-the-wild exploit trends, and security analyst validation, into Ivanti Neurons for Patch Intelligence.
“This combination will allow us to provide our customers with a holistic view of vulnerabilities and exposures, and then enable them to take fast action through Ivanti Neurons for Patch Intelligence. Customers will be able to greatly reduce their attack surface and risk of breach because of the vulnerability intelligence and the resulting remediation prioritisation based on actively trending exploits and ransomware attacks,” said Jim Schaper, Ivanti Chairman and CEO.