VoIP Security: Threats & Trends

Presented by

Peter Cox, CEO | UM Labs

About this talk

Voice over IP (VoIP) is growing in popularity, both as a way to provide new communications services and to lower telephony costs. Much of VoIP’s flexibility stems from its use of IP networks, the same networks that have contributed to our reliance on both web and email as essential communication tools for both personal and business use. However, moving voice communication from the relative safety of the telco’s networks to the unregulated Internet has its penalties. Any application running on an IP network is vulnerable to misuse and attack. Web and email administrators have already learnt this lesson, few if any web or email servers run without specialist security controls. The level of awareness of these risks is lower amongst VoIP users and system administrators than their web and email counterparts. This is a problem because if anything the risks are higher. An attack on a VoIP system will have a much more immediate impact on a business than an attack on web or email system and the direct measurable costs are much higher. This webcast aims to fill this knowledge gap by highlighting the range of possible attacks, describing the potential impact of those attacks and assessing the direct and indirect costs of a successful attack. The webcast will include a number of real-life examples, including an Australian company where an attack added $82,000 to their phone bill in just two days. The webcast will be presented by Peter Cox, CEO of UM Labs Ltd. Peter has many years of experience in researching security threats for VoIP and other IP applications and in developing countermeasures against those threats.

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