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Nokia steps up security focus with launch of special unit

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Nokia has announced the launch of a dedicated Security unit to, as it puts it, "ensure new products have security baked in, enhance the portfolio of security products and services, and develop business models around telco security".

The new unit will be part of the Mobile Broadband organization, one of the cornerstones of the Networks business at Nokia.

"The new Security unit will bring together security experts and talent from across the company - customer operations, global services and technology & innovation teams, for example - with the aim of tackling the full set of requirements for robust telco security," said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at Nokia. "We will continue to encourage industry dialogue and knowledge sharing in terms of security research to improve awareness of this crucially important area of telco business, including with open source software. This will become critically important as mobile broadband networks are starting to evolve towards the cloud."

Nokia's 2014 Customer Acquisition and Retention Study Report showed that 75% of customers consider security to be the operator's responsibility. The survey found that a significant portion of mobile subscribers are likely to switch operator in case of security issues, and they are willing to pay extra for reliable security protection.

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