VoIP Security Assessments
The implementation of Voice over IP technology brings more efficiency to many areas of network operations; however, with this progress comes serious security concerns within the network environment.
- As for benefits of this new technology, there are bandwidth savings as well as reduced costs and enhanced scalability by employing standard data networking components instead of expensive, complicated telephone switches. Basically, much of the same technology used to manage a data network can manage a voice network, which also results in reduced staffing costs.
- Security Concerns:
- When the voice and data infrastructure are combined, IT staff suddenly has to manage not only servers for database, mail and web, along with workstations and routers, and securing the same, but VoIP servers acting as gateways, special routers, phone protocols and operating systems get tossed into the pot as well to manage. Now the role of managing voice and telecommunications security is shifted from the telco carrier to the IT team, who must police the new technology for IP network weaknesses many intruders are well aware of and mitigate the very real threats of breach and intrusion.
- What are the threats?
- Basically, networking devices, servers, OS, protocols and software are all vulnerable. Conversations themselves and information about a call are both valuable and vulnerable with this new technology. Breaching of a VoIP gateway allows attackers to capture and reassemble packets to eavesdrop on conversations. If your VoIP packets traverse the Internet to reach a destination, attackers can get a shot at your voice data. Hijacking too is another threat.
The Saturn Partners, Inc. have stayed at the forefront of addressing new security threats to your network due to deployment of new technologies, with clients at the federal government level, in banking, health care, manufacturing, utilities and the legal marketplace.
We now announce our newest service: The VoIP Security Assessment. In this service we address key issues such as:
- Proper encryption standards
- Deployment of processes to secure all elements of VoIP network, including call servers, routers, switches, workstations and telephones
- Development of proper access control lists, filters and deployment of patches and upgrades if necessary
- Upgrade of all security policies to reflect additions of the new technologies
- Development and deployment of redundancy options for the VoIP and network environment in general
- Emergency Response/Disaster Recovery planning in event of breach or disaster
Contact The Saturn Partners, Inc. today for more information on this critical service for your new VoIP environment technology for your network environment.
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