Friday, October 28, 2005

VoIP Security Threat Taxonomy

VoIPSA, The Voice over IP security alliance has published a must read document if you are interested in VOIP.
They seem to be almost same as the PSTN or POTS line woes but with added bag internet woes.
Topping the industry bodyƂ’s list are more familiar issues such as privacy and eavesdropping, harassment by phone, premium rate abuse, and hijacking of service, all of which remain to be tackled by the industry.
The Document can be downloaded or view online. The online version is a wiki site, gives one ability to add, edit to the content.

VOIPSA was formed in February 2005 with the purpose of improving the public awareness of issues and best practices for securing VoIP including video, Instant Messaging and presence. The organization has grown rapidly since its inception and now includes more than 100 organizing companies worldwide. VOIPSA invites participation in new projects in the form of comments, feedback and discussion.

Major elements of the work announced today include the following:

· Core definitions that give specific meaning to privacy and security

· A framework that effectively connects public policy and technology issues

· Recognition of the human element in threats as distinct from their technical means

· Specific sets of issues for consideration by legislative bodies and by law enforcement

· A detailed structure for technical vulnerabilities across the value chain

Thursday, October 27, 2005

SBC by another name is AT&T

SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) today announced it will adopt AT&T, Inc. as its name following completion of its acquisition of AT&T (NYSE:T), which is expected in late 2005.
The decision is a milestone in the history of telecommunications, extending the reign of an American and global icon. AT&T is inextricably linked to the birth and growth of the communications industry - delivering ground-breaking innovations that enabled modern computers and electronic devices, wireless phones and Voice over IP (VoIP). The brand also has represented quality service, integrity and reliability for more than 120 years.

At close, the new company will unveil a fresh, new logo. After completion of the merger, the transition to the new brand will be heavily promoted with the largest multimedia advertising and marketing campaign in either company's history, as well as through other promotional initiatives. At close, the company will also announce the stock market ticker symbol it intends to use.

The famed AT&T brand will be used in a broad array of services offered by the family of companies. The brand transition will begin immediately upon merger close, along with the integration of networks, product and service portfolios, and customer care systems. The new brand will be incorporated into product and service offerings, and will appear on bills and correspondence, as well as on company buildings.

SBC Communications Inc. press release

AT&T Corp.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

FCC's VoIP Wiretapping Rules challanged

Grant Gross, IDG News Service
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

WASHINGTON--A group of privacy advocates and technology companies today filed court papers to challenge a ruling by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, saying it overstepped its authority by requiring Internet telephony providers to allow wiretapping by law enforcement agencies.
The groups, including advocacy groups the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argued that an FCC's ruling on Voice over Internet Protocol could introduce security vulnerabilities into such services, could drive up costs for customers, and could open up additional Internet applications, such as instant messaging, to wiretap rules.

The August 2004 FCC ruling requires VoIP providers, by early 2007, to build in technology that complies with a 1994 telephone wiretapping law called the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). But adding such functionality to VoIP could introduce security holes by increasing the complexity of the code, and it could open up vulnerabilities to sophisticated hackers, said Susan Landau, a Sun Microsystems engineer.

"What the FCC rule does is say, 'Build surveillance technology into Internet Protocol,'" she said. "We feel that's very dangerous and weakens national security rather than strengthens it."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

US Corporations Look at VOIP

US companies anticipate saving 40 per cent on telecoms costs as a result of implementing voice over IP (VoIP), research published today has reported.

A poll of nearly 1,000 US-based IT professionals conducted by Qwest Communications found that 100 per cent of respondents plan to install new or additional VoIP services within the next year.

When asked about the primary driver for VoIP migration, 64 per cent reported cost savings, while 36 per cent indicated the availability of features and improved productivity.

In addition, more than 70 per cent of IT managers would prefer their VoIP service to come from a company that owns its own national fibre network compared with a provider that leases internet access from another company.

"The findings show that VoIP has arrived. It is being adopted by mainstream businesses, and not just technical companies which typically embrace new technologies first," said Eric Bozich, vice president of national network services at Qwest.

"We have moved past educating customers on 'what VoIP is' to demonstrating 'what VoIP can do.' This is evident in the survey findings, and we are finding that productivity gains and feature benefits are emerging as key drivers for implementing VoIP.

"Cost savings are always important, but the real benefit of VoIP will be the long-term productivity benefits."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Domains with VOIP in the name

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