Getting Smart About SPIT

Right up front I'm going to confess to a bias. I've been following security startup Bharosa for a couple of years. The three year-old company makes its home in my hometown, Santa Clara, CA. It used to have its office right next door to the community newspaper, The Santa Clara Weekly, where I do my non-technology writing. The guys at Bharosa are nice guys — the name means "trust" in Hindi. They spent a lot of time showing me how their software worked and explaining it in terms that make … [Read more...]

VoIP Security: Stop Everything

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We can't put the genie back in the bottle, but it seems to me that the Voice over IP (VoIP) industry is in need of security training and improvements. There's been much noise over VoIP security lately, though not much of the what's been voiced is new or innovative. Much of it just parrots old advice: segment the network traffic and install a VoIP firewall. The fact that VoIP security discussions haven't advanced much beyond what applies to ordinary networking is a sign that a lot of new … [Read more...]

VoIP Fraud: The Industry’s Best-Kept Secret

Widespread fraud is the biggest problem facing VoIP, and it is costing service providers of all sizes millions of dollars, causing customers severe service headaches and forcing at least one provider to go belly-up. Worse still, the credit card companies and major carriers are making a killing off it. … [Read more...]

Is Security Holding VoIP Back?

For some, IP telephony is simply not as trusty as Ma Bell. And a number of VoIP security issues have recently popped up that reaffirm their fears, raising an unsettling question: Is telephone service over the public internet network secure enough to replace PSTN? … [Read more...]