Best Practices for Securing Service Provider Networks: Protecting Infrastructure and Managing Customer Security

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Executive Summary

To thrive in today's economy, service providers must provide open, easily accessible communications services that enable their end users to contact anyone worldwide. The same open, freely scalable communication architecture that provides unlimited communications services to the end users also poses an extremely attractive target to hackers who would abuse that open access for their own financial advantage. Worldwide ownership of today's networking platforms means that there is little meaningful enforcement to deter hackers. With few consequences to hackers for their attacks, most of the burden - financial and otherwise - is borne by service providers and their customers. As a result, security has become increasingly important over the last several years.

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