ETSI to Enhance TETRA’s Security Features
Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Comments

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is beginning work on the next generation of TETRA security features to ensure the standard remains fully protected into the future against the increasing levels of threats from cyber criminals. The enhancements will include additional encryption algorithms designed to resist cryptanalysis into the 2030s and beyond.

There have been many attempts to eavesdrop on or gain access to TETRA networks, but provided the networks are implemented according to recommendations from TCCA’s Security and Fraud Prevention Group (SFPG), TETRA security has consistently blocked the attempts. With TETRA expected to provide mission-critical communications for many years to come, ETSI will enhance TETRA security even further to protect against cyber attacks as technology continues to advance.

To meet the evolving needs of users, ETSI has continually developed and enhanced the TETRA standard. The standard now consists of more than 180 current technical specifications and reports, bringing the number of dedicated features and functions to more than 300.

IHS Markit data shows the TETRA market increased by nearly 7% from 2017 to 2018, with a compounded annual growth rate of more than 6% forecast from 2017 to 2022.

“After more than 25 years, TETRA remains the de facto choice for mission-critical communications service,” said Brian Murgatroyd, chair of ETSI Technical Committee TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution (TC TCCE). “In the last few weeks alone, there have been announcements regarding TETRA implementations in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania and Sweden, in addition to the extension to the Airwave service contract in the U.K. and the continued rollout of the world’s largest TETRA network in Germany.”

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