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Broadband for Better or Risk?

The recent WiMAX licensing should lead to many more of Malaysia’s communities gaining access to broadband for the first time, and takeup rates can be expected to increase significantly from the small percentage of the population using it now.

But with the growth of broadband, broadband user security may well develop into a major business issue.

Regardless of physical access (be it DSL or broadband wireless) the security challenge for carriers is how to handle escalating threats to the customer, that negatively impact end user experience, as well as increasing risks from spyware, malware, worms, trojans, viruses, phishing and pharming every minute the customer is online.

Recent worm outbreaks and powerful Denial of Service attacks in Asia Pacific countries, have highlighted how network infrastructure can be a target rather than just a transport.

Ethernet sized pipes now readily available in Korea, Japan and other countries have been combined with more sophisticated worms on “zombie” machines, putting the carrier increasingly at risk from attacks.

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About Kugan

Kugan is the founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy