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Innovative security for Voice over IP

Alcatel-Lucent : 29 April, 2009  (New Product)
Alcatel-Lucent is demonstrating combined voice and firewall security solution at InfoSecurity Europe
On stand H65 at Infosecurity Europe 2009, Alcatel-Lucent is targeting mid-market and large enterprises with a complete, secure voice over internet protocol (VoIP) solution, in order to help them mitigate the traditional security risks posed by delivering voice traffic over IP networks.

More and more organisations are looking to harness the cost-savings offered by VoIP - as well as the productivity benefits of voice-based IP applications - however many still lack awareness about the associated security risks.

The reality is that organisations deploying insecure VoIP systems risk falling victim to voice tapping and manipulation, which can result in identify theft, spoofing, loss of sensitive data, denial of service attacks and eavesdropping. Successful hackers can even shut down, jam, takeover voice networks or use voice security vulnerabilities at the perimeter as an easy initiation point to attack the data network.

Alcatel-Lucent's new secure voice offering - comprising its award-winning VPN Firewall Brick platform with an Alcatel-Lucent IP telephony platform - is designed to combat the growth of call hacking and data theft, protecting corporate networks in the process.

Aimed at organisations with 100+ employees, the offering safeguards and guarantees quality-of-service for VoIP calls and protects web-facing IP telephony applications such as contact centre, mobility and unified communications tools.

"Security risks threaten to undermine VoIP's great potential within the dynamic enterprise," said Natalie Stallwood, business development manager at Alcatel-Lucent. "A big problem is that solutions are being sold into communications, rather than IT departments, where there may not be widespread understanding of network security and VoIP's impact on the corporate firewall. Our secure voice approach - based on award-winning technology - is designed to address these security implications upfront, allowing organisations to harness the benefits of VoIP without exposing their networks to additional threats."

Packet-based communications such as VoIP are particularly vulnerable to attacks and illegal use. A wide range of security products are available to help secure VoIP - however, many commonly used solutions such as stateful inspection firewalls and intrusion detection systems only offer limited defences. Consequently, more than 100 vulnerabilities have so far been discovered in some of the most popular VoIP systems.

In contrast, the Alcatel-Lucent VPN Firewall Brick security platform - a Bell Labs-designed, hardened security solution originally created to secure the US government's classified networks - has no known reported vulnerabilities or CERTS.

The Brick platform provides multiple layers of protection designed to mitigate the vulnerabilities associated with VoIP deployment. In particular, it offers dynamic 'pin-holing', whereby the solution monitors the call setup and only opens the necessary ports for authorised communications. This ensures networks are secured against a range of threats, without compromising the quality, performance or reliability of the network.

Furthermore, the Brick's innovative design enables it to be deployed as a seamless overlay solution to augment the existing security measures already in the customer environment, or as full-featured security appliance protecting the entire perimeter.

Alcatel-Lucent Ltd is exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe 2009, the No. 1 industry event in Europe held on 28th - 30th April in its new venue Earl's Court, London. Natalie Stallwood will be available for briefings at the Alcatel-Lucent stand H65.
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