Cisco Unified Communications Solution Security – Overview
The long waged war between TDM and IP Telephony is over and the winner is: VoIP! Long ago seen down upon IP based communications and UC adoption have changed and continue to change the communications paradigm. As more and more organizations adopt IP Telephony / Unified Communication (UC) solutions, they savor the potential of – power of connectivity, lower costs, and improved productivity. It can’t be denied that business agility is the mantra for success in an increasingly competitive and global environment and UC allows organizations supporting attainment of internal and external stakeholder satisfaction by enabling organizations to embed communications and collaboration into business processes. Collaboration with customers, employees, contractors, and strategic partners help accelerate time‐to-market, conscious decision making, and innovation hence, resulting in world class business agility.
However, with obvious benefits of UC there’re a number of threats that come to life when the essence of VoIP is based on data networks, which have been under attack ever since the conception of the Internet. There’s not one but many threats when it pertains to your UC solution, as simple as eavesdropping to as complex as a Denial of Service (DOS) attack. Within the context of UC solution, the whole ecosystem must be secured from business process driven communications to network infrastructure to UC applications to endpoints to management. And that too in a manner that – the security implied upholds protection of intellectual property and proprietary information, preserves corporate brands and reputations, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
This blog is dedicated to help you understand the need for UC security and to comprehend the various intricacies of securing a Cisco UC solution.
To read more and watch the video go to https://supportforums.cisco.com/community/netpro/collaboration-voice-video/ip-telephony/blog/2013/02/24/community-tech-talk-series–understanding-cisco-unified-communications-security
Video for tech talk available at https://supportforums.cisco.com/videos/5584
For more info on Unified Communications and Cisco IP Telephony, Network, Management security you can refer to Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks