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Interviewed by BookGoodies.com!

This is exciting for me and I guess it would be for any author to be interviewed and published. My interview was recently published on BookGoodies.com

http://bookgoodies.com/interview-with-author-akhil-behl-2/

Here’s the Interview excerpt,

What inspires you to write?

My passion for technology and the spark to share the bit of knowledge I have!
Moreover, I’m inspired by my family which motivates myself to excel and to think and do things differently.

Tell us about your writing process

When I started working on the title “Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks”, it came through as a rather pleasant revelation was, how I had to be creative in thinking what audience would like to see, vivid in visualizing to ensure that pictures do mean a thousand words, and convinced to decide the best way to explain a concept in a clear and concise manner.
Being an author has changed the way I look at things and the perspective in which I represent my thoughts. In a nutshell, I try and be in a reader’s mood and profile to see what a reader would like to see in the book.
The tools of writing are pretty much simple and unsophisticated as I use Microsoft Word for writing, Excel for tables, Visio and Powerpoint for diagrams, and PrtScrn for capturing screens (for illustrations). When it comes to writing process, I clear my mind, sit down in a relaxed environment, and start working through my thoughts and write down the rough manuscript which I finalize once all done. Overall, a straight forward and simple process.

How did you decide how to publish your books?

For technology oriented books there’re a few publishers however, for Cisco specific books the list is even shorter. When it comes to choice of publisher, it wasn’t a difficult venture as I had my mind made up for Cisco Press. Again, they are a a great platform for technologists like myself and people who wish to invest time and effort into writing a technical literature. So, without a doubt I was going with them, at least for this title
In future I would like to explore more avenues like another publisher for the technical literature or may be even self publishing.

To read the full interview visit http://bookgoodies.com/interview-with-author-akhil-behl-2/

To explore the world of and understanding of VoIP / UC Security read Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in UC Security Posts

 

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Understanding Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express Security – Voice Encryption

Voice over IP (VoIP) is not just need of hour for most enterprises; it’s something their business depends on to a degree that without IP communications in place, their business processes and revenue streams will fall apart. In such case, it goes without saying; security of voice networks is one of the chief concerns when it comes to security of intellectual capital and customer data. More often than not, one of the first thoughts is how to secure the VoIP network itself which is leveraged by IP Telephony / Unified Communication (UC) applications.

So what is that may be the most commonly sought after yet elusive security control which plays an indispensable role in securing a VoIP network? Your guess is as good as mine, it is encryption! Now, you are well within your rights to ask why elusive? The simple answer is – where encryption can help you succeed and protect the privacy of communications, it can also be detrimental for various functions / organizations e.g. monitoring secure calls is not a trivial task and encrypting all endpoints has an impact on platform sizing and performance.

In this article we discuss about the security of Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express (CUCME) which is an integral part of Cisco UC; and more so of Cisco Express Call processing regime.

To read the full article visit http://www.firewall.cx/cisco-technical-knowledgebase/cisco-voice/956-cisco-voice-cme-secure-voip.html

To learn in depth about Cisco Collaboration Infrastructure, endpoint, device and application security refer to Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks http://www.amazon.com/dp/1587142953

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in UC Security Posts

 

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Cisco Live Tweet Chat – Cisco UC Security

Yes, you read it right! I’ll be hosting a Tweet Chat session on 07 May 2013 at 10 am PST on Cisco UC Security.

Please join me on the Tweet Chat and feel free to ask any questions you have or clarify any doubts related to Cisco UC Security.

Here’s the link to the chat

http://www.ciscolive.com/us/attendees/social-networking/twitter/?cid=000061080 and https://supportforums.cisco.com/message/3916192#3916192

So, what are you waiting for? Join me on the Cisco Collaboration Security Tweet Chat on 7 May 2013 at 10 am PST – tweet to @cisco_support using hash tag #ciscoucsecurity

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in UC Security Posts

 

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Best Practices for Deploying Secure Cisco IP Telephony Solutions

IP telephony is slowly but surely becoming part of the modern day organization’s day-to day-operations. In fact, some organizations depend on it to the extent of their core business or processes based on IP communications. Sadly though, the security aspect pertinent to IP based communications network, applications, and underlying infrastructure is usually not taken into consideration (or is ignored) when enterprises and businesses think of deploying unified communications.

On the same lines of thought, why should anyone for that matter think of securing an IP telephony network? The answer is simple however manifold:

  1. To protect the information flowing in IP communication channels from eavesdropping and reconnaissance attacks as well as from manipulation or injection attacks.
  2. To ensure that the investment in their on-premise or off-premise infrastructure pays off (ROI) and doesn’t end up in a rogue’s hands, utilizing it for malicious purposes.
  3. To lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by leveraging IP communications to offset PSTN/Toll calls and reducing Moving, Addition, Configuration, and Deletion (MACD) and at the same time, keeping conversations safe.
  4. Attacks on the telephony network may result in monetary and reputation loss. Moreover, it can directly or indirectly impact the business continuity and clientage.

Today, many organizations depend on a number of IP telephony services like voice calls, instant messaging, conferencing, and video conferencing. A typical IP telephony network can face several threats like toll fraud, reconnaissance attacks, eavesdropping, Denial of Service (DoS) attack, and call hijack. While most organizations do consider that their network needs protection from internal or external threats, such a notion is missing (usually) when it comes to their IP telephony applications/devices.

Read the full article at http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?p=1966660

For more insight to Cisco IP Telephony Security refer to Cisco Press book Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in UC Security Posts

 

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Audio review and intro of ‘Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks’

I’ve to admit, this is pretty cool!

There’s now an audio review and intro available for the book ‘Securing Cisco Telephony Networks’ thanks to ComputerBookMix.com

To listen to audio preview click here Audio Preview of Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in UC Security Audio

 

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Have you ever experienced a security breach in your VoIP network?

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Polls

 

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Interested in UCSEC (Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Security)?

Interested in Cisco’s new course on securing Cisco UC networks, better known as – UCSEC or Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Security?

This course is conducted by various Cisco Learning Partners and focuses on security of Cisco UC network, from an end to end point of view. This course is comprehensive and covers almost all major aspects of Cisco UC security. I haven’t taken the course myself ( I should be teaching it 🙂 ) however, on first impression from table of contents, the course ware will help you understand the topics covered during the ILT course.

However, to gain more insight and build on real world security model – ground up you need a guide and a reference which you can take with you in those grilling sessions with customer and use during design, implementation, consulting, maintenance, or during discovery milestones of the project.

You guessed it right! You need – Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks which will guide you through various stages of building, deploying, and maintaining a secure Cisco UC solution. This book is your true companion, guide, and reference to learning and implementing Cisco UC Security.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1587142953

http://www.ciscopress.com/title/9781587142956

So, if you are planning to take UCSEC course, be sure to pick up your copy of Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks and use it as a reference, as a text, as a guide, and as a companion.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in UC Security Posts

 

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