UNLIMITED SMS TRAFFIC FUELS SPAM AND FRAUD SAY MOBILE EXPERTS

UNLIMITED SMS TRAFFIC FUELS SPAM AND FRAUD SAY MOBILE EXPERTS
62 per cent of mobile professionals blame unlimited SMS for spam text messaging and mobile revenue loss in industry report


18th February 2016, Portomaso, Malta; One in three (64 per cent) global organisations believe that unlimited SMS undermines the potential of A2P revenue generation, with 62 per cent stating limitless SMS is the main source of spam, according to data released today from, HAUD, industry leader in telecoms security and revenue assurance and Telecoms.com.
The annual mobile insights study also notes the rise in OTT messaging and showcases the challenge placed on the mobile market, with respondents noting in a bid to compete 62 per cent of their organisations have admitted to using unlimited SMS tariffs.
Discussing the findings, Claire Cassar, CEO at HAUD, explained: “This research turns the spotlight on the mobile industry and illustrates how unlimited SMS tariffs are hurting operators in an unexpected way, putting long-term viability into question, while also suggesting they are causing the industry more harm than good.
“Protection is clearly an area mobile operators need to address to secure their organisations and ensure these threats can be caught and abolished early enough to guarantee that unlimited SMS tariffs are being used effectively by rightful consumers.”

SS7 SECURITY HIGH ON THE AGENDA FOR MOBILE PROFESSIONALS
The Intelligence Annual Industry Survey revealed that although 84 per cent of industry experts think SS7 security is important, 31 per cent do not understand the individual risks it poses to their organisation.
Nearly a third (29 per cent) of respondents went on to raise concerns about SS7 security in particular, explaining they think the most significant threats are yet to be discovered.
 Claire continued: “Companies must understand the importance of security and the detrimental impact vulnerabilities can have. Undergoing in-depth and regular traffic auditing can combat this and ensure that the right firewall configuration and enhancements are in place, and the organisation is protected against such threats.”
To view the full report and findings, visit www.telecoms.com/intelligence/annual-industry-survey-2016

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