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Unified Communications security collaboration

Sipera Systems : 21 August, 2009  (Company News)
Sipera joins forces with Westcon for providing customised VoIP security for Education and Healthcare
Sipera Systems has announced an initiative with Westcon Group to provide comprehensive VoIP/UC security solutions customized for education, healthcare, and finance.

As adoption of VoIP and UC has accelerated over the past several years, the security needs around these deployments have become increasingly apparent, including the unique security and privacy compliance needs of enterprises in various industries. Sipera and Westcon are working together to provide rapidly deployable solutions for resellers addressing enterprise customers in these vertical markets. This new initiative was made possible by the existing distribution partnership that supports Westcon's network of resellers and integrators developing solutions for target verticals using Sipera's solutions and appliances.

"Colleges and universities, hospitals and healthcare agencies, and banks and other financial institutions are adopting VoIP, IM, video and other UC applications for real-time collaborative communications and cost savings. But each of these industries has unique security and archiving requirements, due to internal and external mandates," said Dean Roth, Sipera Vice President, Sales, Central US. "Working with Westcon and its extensive network of resellers and integrators, we can jointly provide the customized, cost effective UC security solutions that protect users and deliver granular logging and archiving to satisfy records retention and communications monitoring requirements."

Duncan Potter, chief marketing officer of Westcon Group, said, "As UC applications become increasingly widespread, it is more important than ever to ensure that information is secure—especially from a compliance perspective. Westcon has been working very hard to educate our resellers about the efficiencies that UC applications present, but also why it is so important to make sure these applications are secure. Sipera is a leader in this area and we are pleased to have them included in our SecurityPoint program."

"Sipera's VIPER Lab security consulting expertise spans enterprise and campus-wide security assessments, VoIP and UC penetration testing as well as security architecture consultation. By offering these services through our network of resellers and integrators, we're providing complete solutions that deliver high ROI to customers, while safeguarding critical communications," said Potter. "This is an ideal partnership that matches our networking, convergence, security and mobility expertise with Sipera's UC security expertise."

Among other features, the joint solutions enable:

* Protection against denial of service attacks, eavesdropping, and toll fraud, as well as reconnaissance attacks and spoofing that lead to social engineering, vishing, SWATing, ID theft and similar criminal activity
* Pandemic planning, business continuity and remote teleworker capabilities
* Compliance with HIPAA and patient privacy requirements in healthcare
* Targeted security architectures that meet FERPA privacy requirements in education
* Encryption and privacy compliance that satisfy PCI DSS, GLBA and other mandates in financial services

The Sipera UC-Sec products are comprehensive, real-time UC security and VoIP security solutions that simplify and protect next-generation communications over any network to any device. Dozens of customers around the world rely on the UC-Sec appliances to safeguard their communications and boost compliance with privacy laws, regulatory mandates and mission-critical confidentiality requirements. Backed by the extensive vulnerability research of VIPER Lab, the UC-Sec solutions provide threat protection, policy enforcement, access control and privacy in a single, real-time appliance.

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