Cellusys pioneers the use of Zero Trust security to help their 800 million mobile phone end users combat SMS phishing and fraud.
Fremont, CA: Cellusys, a leading telecom solutions provider, has partnered with internet security firm MetaCert to provide a world-first SMS security solution, using Zero Trust methodology to combat cyberattacks such as phishing, malware, and financial fraud.
Cellusys has grown to become a Tier 1 telecom solutions provider for signaling security, A2P monetization, roaming, analytics, and IoT. Cellusys systems serve over 800 million subscribers worldwide and make mobile networks more secure, intelligent, and profitable.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SMS is being used by financial services companies and government institutions to contact people offering assistance and advice. Many mobile networks offer subscribers ineffective or no protection against fraudulent SMS messages. Advanced SMS firewalls can block many large-scale smishing attempts, however, none are able to detect every new threat.
Mobile operators claim their ability to identify and block an attack "within 24 hours," but Cellusys now provides a security system that works in real-time. With the new approach from Cellusys, every URL contained in an SMS message is checked against MetaCert's threat intelligence system, and links categorized as "dangerous" are immediately blocked.
Uniquely, "unknown URLs" are similarly assumed to be dangerous. Carriers can either redirect customers to a warning page, provide a strong warning SMS or block access to URLs that are not verified.
This approach to web access reduces the risk of a phishing-led cyberattack by more than 98 percent because consumers are able to make better informed choices about who to trust whenever they open an SMS message.
"Giving subscribers this kind of visibility increases their loyalty to the network, and is a very different kind of smishing solution." said Brendan Cleary, CEO of Cellusys. "Adding MetaCert's technology to our portfolio has generated a great deal of interest from networks, as an enhancement to the anti-fraud capabilities of our SMS Firewall."
The solution is currently in beta and is expected to go live before the end of 2020. Live customer demos are available and being demonstrated across the world.
MetaCert is the first company to enable a Zero Trust strategy for web access with browser-based security software for organizations that care about Internet security and an API service for OEM partners.