When discussing a UC solution with a customer, security is likely a top concern of theirs. In recent years, it seems as if the more information we put over the Internet, the more vulnerable we become. However, trying to explain cryptographic protocols to someone without a VoIP background can get a bit dicey, and it’s easy to get lost in a sea of acronyms. For today’s blog, let’s discuss a brief overview of VoIP communication and encryption at an accessible level.
The success of technology is based on constant advancement. Right now, the industry is looking toward the future in anticipation of what the “newfound” cloud will bring. IP Telephony is no different as more and more communications move to the cloud. This leads many to question, is hardware going to stick around? The on premise IP-PBX isn’t going the way of the tin can, and Grandstream proves that—the arrival of the cloud doesn’t cancel out the benefits of hardware-based solutions. But I suppose for some, the question remains how does the on premise IP PBX innovate with us? The answer to that is through customization, security, and flexibility.
We’ve already started the conversation about security— now, let’s focus on loss prevention for businesses. Part of a good risk management strategy is to reduce threats from both outside and inside the organization. This is where video surveillance comes in.
Like any technology, WiFI has its own share of security concerns. The nature of wireless networks allows hackers or anyone with malicious intent to locate themselves close to an access point in order to infiltrate a network. According to Kasperksy, approximately 24.7% of Wi-Fi hotspots in the world do not use any encryption at all, and that does not even include the WiFi networks that are under-secured. More than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked, according to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. Additionally, a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers in early 2017 found that there has been a 38% increase in the instances of phishing scams and other cyber security incidents from 2015 to 2016.
In my previous WebRTC post I provided an overview from a simplified, easy-to-understand perspective. But today, I thought it would be pertinent to discuss the hefty security features of WebRTC. It’s safe to say, that with data breaches, ransonware, and phishing schemes dominating the news security and protection is at front of mind. Being that WebRTC is an open-source API it’s important to highlight features that make it an attractive, but secure option.
Integration has become a popular buzzword within a lot of industries, especially technology. Webster’s dictionary defines the term “integrate” as “to combine one thing with another so that they become a whole,” but I think there is a better definition when it comes to technology. Integration is “to combine one thing with another so that they each become better.” The real benefit of technology integration is giving each piece the ability to do something it could not do before thanks to its ability to work with other products, services, apps, and more. Within the SIP and UC world, we are well-versed in integration. However, while we are often looking for ways to integrate our SIP communication products together, the market has overlooked the fact that SIP communication can be leveraged to offer powerful security and facility access tools. One simple product, a SIP Video Door Station like our GDS3710, allows you to easily accomplish this.
You might have seen the term VPN thrown around lately. A quick Internet search explains that VPN is a Virtual Private Network that allows the exchange of encrypted data through a VPN server. A pretty cool concept considering the browsing security issues that have been flooding our media. All this talk about data consumer protection laws, the aftermath of whistleblowers and the overall security concern in our online culture has sparked discussions about VPN.
The GXP2100 series is getting some exciting additions. In order to give users more flexibility and options in their IP Communications we are releasing a firmware that provides upgrades to our devices. Here at Grandstream we always strive to design accessible, intuitive technology without compromising on quality. It’s that mentality that pushes us to constantly improve our devices and introduce additional options, providing the user with more control and flexibility. These added features will enhance your experience and make daily operations more streamlined.
Let’s talk about security. Today, more and more businesses are taking the necessary steps to secure their spaces with high-tech equipment. As a result, there’s a surge of growth in the global video surveillance market. Contributing factors include rising crime rates coupled with the emergence of new, more accessible technology. That’s why talking about security today is important.
Do you remember the sound of dial-up while painfully waiting for a computer to connect to the Internet? Or when all devices required a wired connection? In the mid-1990s when the Internet first hit the “mainstream” the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards had just barely established the 802.11 standard and dial up was considered an innovative technology. Now, a quarter century later the way we use the Internet is completely different and the original 802.11 standard is a legacy.