Nominations for GSMA Best Security/Fraud Award

Nominations have been announced for the GSMA’s ‘Glomo’ Global Mobile Awards 2017, including the category for Best Mobile Security or Anti-Fraud Solution. The nominees in that category are:

  • KT for ‘KT Intelligent Security Platform’
  • Neural Technologies for Preventing Mobile Money Fraud for Safaricom
  • Nokia for NetGuard Endpoint Security
  • Samsung SDS for Samsung Mobile Security Management Suite
  • Starhome Mach for Real-time Anti-fraud

Last year’s winners were Trustonic for their Trustonic Secured Platform (pictured above). As usual, this year’s awards will be handed out during Mobile World Congress, later this month.

Having seen presentations about the work done at KT and Safaricom, I am not surprised they are on the nomination list. Well done to them. That said, I would speculate that Nokia’s NetGuard is a likely winner. Mobile malware, ad blocking and security for the Internet of Things are all very hot topics, meaning NetGuard’s smartphone and IoT-oriented security solution will tick a lot of boxes for a lot people.

In contrast to the nominees, I have less praise for the GSMA, who must be aware that telcos face a plethora of risks but seemingly take no interest in risk prevention or mitigation if it falls outside an unnecessarily narrow scope. Fraud and security are important, but why should an investor or customer attach more importance to them than all the other screw-ups, crimes and weaknesses which can wipe millions off the company’s value or leave customers exasperated with their telco?

You can see the full list of Glomo nominations here.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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