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December 10, 2009

Maintaining IP Fax Server Security: Sagem-Interstar Webcast

By Amy Tierney, TMCnet Web Editor

Businesses today are liable to meet a number of compliancy and confidentiality regulations. And in an age when businesses are dealing daily with sensitive data, the security of their communications, including IP fax is a big concern.
That was one of the hot topics in a recent webcast hosted by Sagem-Interstar, an IP fax solutions provider. Matthew Miller, product manager at Sagem-Interstar (News - Alert), spoke about the different elements companies should consider when building security around their fax infrastructure.
“There are several keys areas to investigate when choosing the right solution,” Miller said.
For example, business must determine if the fax solution will fulfill any compliancy or regulation standards, Miller said. This implies that solution itself must provide the means for the business to comply through specific capabilities. These capabilities, shown below, relate to User Access Control, as well as security features such as data encryption.
Organizations should also pay attention to the type of communications infrastructure carrying fax related traffic. For example, in a distributed environment users may be accessing the system over the WAN; there must be adequate security on that link in order for sensitive documents to be sent across it. End-to-end security is an important goal for business that must mitigate liabilities.
Finally, Miller said the industry offers two categories of FoIP server architecture with regards to data and communications protection. The first includes legacy systems, designed with the absence of any standards, typical of software from the 1990s. The second, next generation architecture, embraces standard-base (SOA) designs. Such next generation architecture offers encryption or ACL capabilities and secure communications, such as SSL and HTTPS.
The topic FoIP server security was part of the “Advanced FoIP networking considerations” webcast, the final event in a three-part series on “Demystifying Fax over IP,” presented with Cisco’s (News - Alert) David Hanes, who is also co-author of the Cisco Press bible on “Fax, Modem and Text for IP Telephony.”
To hear more about FoIP application scalability and scalability, tune in to Sagem-Interstar’s (News - Alert) webcast recording here

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering business communications Her areas of focus include conferencing, SIP, Fax over IP, unified communications and telepresence. Amy also writes about education and healthcare technology, overseeing production of e-Newsletters on those topics as well as communications solutions and UC. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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