VoIP Security Best Practices: Preventing Attacks and Managing Risk
To take full advantage of unified communications (UC), enterprises are extending their voice over IP (VoIP) network to soft phones, WiFi/dual-mode phones and other devices. At the same time, they are connecting to service providers using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunks, creating federations with other enterprises, and integrating collaboration, multimedia and presence applications. By leveraging its IP PBX for unified communications, enterprises can decrease costs, improve collaboration and ensure business continuity.
But enterprises need to realize the potential security implications of extending their VoIP/UC network over public and/or untrusted networks. VoIP/UC threats, which are very different from data threats, can allow hackers to carry out spoofing and denial-of-service attacks, unwanted reboots, unauthorized toll calls (toll fraud), and to take over the device to either steal or delete confidential data.
To deploy VoIP/UC securely, there are a number of security best practices that must be followed to prevent attacks and minimize risk. Some of these best practices can be borrowed from the data world but new VoIP/UC-specific security best practices must also be deployed since VoIP/UC applications have unique security requirements that need to be addressed to ensure your unified communications infrastructure is protected.
In this webinar you will learn about:
- the unique threats that target the enterprise VoIP/UC networks and users;
- the new VoIP/UC security best practices and the data security ones needed for VoIP/UC;
- the shortcomings of existing data security products in satisfying all best practices; and
- the requirements for a comprehensive VoIP/UC security solution.
Chief Marketing Officer
Eric Winsborrow joined Sipera Systems in 2007 with 20 years of experience in both security and unified communications. As Chief Marketing Officer, Eric is responsible for Siperaï¿½s marketing, product management and business development.
Prior to Sipera, Eric was the VP of Product Marketing for McAfee, where he conceived and executed the most successful launch in company history, Total Protection solutions, repositioning the company from anti-virus to security risk management. Eric also held executive positions at security companies, including Symantec and Sygate, and unified communications vendors Cisco, Lucent and Nortel.
Eric conducted his undergraduate studies in Engineering Physics and Economics at McMaster University in Canada, and completed his MBA in International Business and Marketing in Japan.
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In addition to his work with TMCï¿½s IP Communications publications, Erik is a contributor to TMCnet. Prior to joining the TMC team, he was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, a global securities services publication, where he also managed the magazineï¿½s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.