SafeNet Optimizes Femtocell Security Solutions to Secure Networks

SafeNet, Inc. a global leader in information security, announced that the company’s industry-proven QuickSec/IPSec Security Toolkit and family of SafeXcel IP Packet Engines for ASIC and FPGA implementations have been optimized for fast, easy, and affordable integration of security features into home base stations and the next-generation chips they require. Commonly known as femtocells, these small, low power cellular access points plug directly into existing broadband connections to provide a mobile signal directly to residential and SOHO locations.

Mobile Operators have turned to femtocells to address the bandwidth and quality of coverage demanded by today’s more than 2.3 billion cellular telephone subscribers. In addition to improved reception, femtocells deliver the fast, seamless, high-bandwidth cellular coverage essential to the deployment, adoption, and success of premium mobile features and services such as mobile TV, mobile payments, and mobile gaming. In a mature marketplace where new subscriber growth is no longer a viable business model, mobile operators are reliant on widespread adoption of these new and emerging mobile features and services to improve customer retention and increase average revenue per user (ARPU).

“As with any network attached device, the ability to secure the communications, services, and network data shared between the femtocell and the operator’s network is critical to prevent billing fraud, unauthorized use of services, and denial of service attacks,” said Simon Saunders, Chairman of the Femto Forum. “We welcome SafeNet’s focus on optimized security solutions for new and emerging mobile technologies such as femtocells.”

SafeNet’s SafeXcel IP Packet Engines have been optimized to provide semiconductor vendors with high-performance, low power, reduced gate count IPSec offload for cost-sensitive femtocell designs. Furthermore, the company’s industry-proven IPSec security toolkit, QuickSec/IPSec, has been designed to provide telecom device manufacturers who build base station solutions like femtocells with a fully integrated, software-based security solution. When built into the same platform, this hardware/software system provides system integrators building solutions for femtocell-enabled networks with a complete and proven, easy-to-integrate security offering which reduces development cost and time to market.

“SafeNet is firmly committed to the development and optimization of security solutions that support the next generation of mobile networks and the cutting-edge services they support,” said Simon Blake-Wilson, managing director, embedded security solutions, SafeNet. “SafeNet is proud to add femtocell security to the company’s portfolio of Mobile Security Solutions comprised of DRM and mobile TV protection toolkits and applications, best-in-breed IPSec, mobile VPN software, mobile data encryption software, and BSF/GBA mobile authentication components.”

QuickSec/IPSec toolkit including IKEv2, EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA and the SafeXcel IP Packet Engines are key components of SafeNet’s fully integrated security solutions for OEMs in telecommunications, SOHO, and semiconductor markets. SafeNet OEM products include QuickSec security software, SafeXcel hardware security processors, and silicon-proven semiconductor IP. This comprehensive security platform enables vendors to build complete network security solutions.

SafeNet and the Femto Forum
SafeNet is a registered member of the Femto Forum, a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 2007 to promote femtocell deployment worldwide. Comprised of mobile operators, telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups, the mission of the Femto Forum is to advance the development and adoption of femtocell products and services as the optimum technology for the provision of high-quality 2G/3G coverage and premium services within the residential and SME markets.

About SafeNet, Inc.
SafeNet is a global leader in information security. Founded 25 years ago, the company provides complete security utilizing its encryption technologies to protect communications, intellectual property and digital identities, and offers a full spectrum of products including hardware, software, and chips. UBS, Nokia, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Bank of America, Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and scores of other customers entrust their security needs to SafeNet. In 2007, SafeNet was acquired by Vector Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm specializing in the technology sector.

SafeNet is a registered trademark and SafeXcel is a trademark of SafeNet, Inc.