T-Mobile has announced that its Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) platform provides businesses and governmental organizations with two techniques that more thoroughly protect their increasingly remote work forces.
SASE networks are key enablers of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs), which are gaining in popularity. SD-WANs enable the geographic diversity of work forces by eliminating the need to route data through highly secure centralized data centers. SASE aims to support this approach by providing enterprise-level security at endpoints.
The two new T-Mobile SASE security features are T-SIMsecure and T-Mobile Security Slice.
In the past, SASE solutions generally only became operational when downloaded onto an end-user’s device. According to T-Mobile, T-SIMsecure — which was developed jointly with Versa Networks — is the first SIM-based solution that uses International Mobile Subscriber Identity and International Mobile Equipment Identity for “clientless authentication” that automatically protects devices when inserted. The T-SIMsecure card must be inserted – and security therefore enabled – for the device to join the network. This eases administrative requirements for IT teams.
T-Mobile Security Slice uses new network management capabilities that allow T-Mobile’s standalone 5G network to be divided into multiple virtual networks, which offer customers customized performance characteristics. A customer can select slices that provide improved latency and faster speeds compared to Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G non-standalone. The slicing capability, T-Mobile says, provides “an incremental layer of security and control.”
“T-Mobile SASE with T-SIMsecure and Security Slice is yet another example of innovation being delivered to our business and government customers,” T-Mobile Business Group President Callie Field said in a press release. “Not only does this complement and expand our security portfolio to offer protection for corporate networks, applications and data – it also reinforces our commitment to leverage our 5G leadership for good.”
In September 2022, T-Mobile for business customers announced a secure Wi-Fi app.
The new security options announced today will be available by the end of the year.