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November, 2008


November 30, 2008  5:27 AM

Verizon Provides Ground Rules for Successful UC



Posted by: Tony Bradley
best practices, guidelines, UC, Unified Communications, Verizon

In the world of IT it seems like it is often too easy to throw things together. New technologies are bought and implemented. Integrating them with existing hardware and software is an exercise in duct tape and shoe horns that happens after the initial rollout. Security is something that is tacked...

November 30, 2008  5:05 AM

Security Concerns of UC Networks



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Nortel, SIP, Sipera Systems, UC, Unified Communications, VLAN, VoIP security

When voice was just voice, it did not pose a security risk to the data network...at least not directly. It could be argued that there is still potential to exploit the voice network for social engineering purposes that result in a compromised data network, but that is a semi-convoluted argument and...


November 30, 2008  1:38 AM

Beware Extension ’9011′



Posted by: Tony Bradley
9011, extension 9011, international direct dial, toll fraud, VoIP, VoIP security

If you have ever used a corporate phone system, you are probably familiar with the concept of dialing '9' to get an outside line. That allows employees to simply dial extensions to communicate internally, but still use the normal plain old telephone system for placing calls outside of the company....


November 22, 2008  6:32 AM

Connecting Cisco to Microsoft OCS



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, CUCM, Evangelyze Communications, Microsoft, Mike Stacy, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, SIP, UC, Unified Communications

According to a recent Gartner Magic Quadrant report for Unified Communications, Microsoft, Cisco, and Nortel are the industry leaders in terms of both innovation and the ability to actually deliver that innovation to customers. Nortel and Microsoft have an intimate partnership through their ICA...


November 22, 2008  6:18 AM

Evangelyze Communications SmartChat



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Microsoft, Mike Stacy, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, Response Point, SmartChat, SmartVoIP, UC, Unified Communications

Recently at VoiceCon Evangelyze Communications announced their SmartVoIP solution which enables customers to bridge Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft's small and medium business...


November 17, 2008  4:00 PM

Comodo Offers 3-year Certificates for Microsoft UC



Posted by: Tony Bradley
certificate, Comodo, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft, Office Communications Server 2007, SSL, UC, Unified Communications

While it is possible to build a Microsoft unified communications infrastructure using only private certificates generated internally, it greatly handicaps the effectiveness of the UC environment. In order to communicate with devices connected outside of the network- including laptops of employees...


November 16, 2008  1:54 PM

UCSniff Brings Vulnerability Scanning to VoIP



Posted by: Tony Bradley
penetration testing, Sipera, UCSniff, VoIP, VoIP security, vulnerability scanning

Sipera Viper Labs has developedĀ a new VoIP security tool called UCSniff. UCSniff monitors VoIP communications and identifies weaknesses or holes in VoIP security which could potentially be exploited by an attacker. As this


November 14, 2008  2:29 PM

VoIPshield Finds Flaws With Microsoft UC



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Denial-of-Service, DoS, media channel, Microsoft, RTP, SIP, UC, Unified Communications, VoIP security, VoIPshield

VoIPshield, a VoIP security solutions company based in Ottawa, Canada, recently discovered vulnerabilities affecting the RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol), a standard data format used for delivery of audio and instant messaging packets over the Internet. Microsoft Office Communications Server...


November 13, 2008  2:07 PM

Evangelyze Communications Announces SmartVoIP



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Joe Schurman, Microsoft, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, Quintum, Response Point, SmartVoIP, VoiceCon

Many companies are exploring and implementing unified communications. One problem that has faced certain industries though is how to deal with scattered branch offices. Industries like banking, insurance, investing, real estate, and more often have a central headquarters, and several remote branch...


November 12, 2008  5:05 PM

SaaS Meets Unified Communications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
hosted UC, SaaS, software-as-a-service, UC, Unified Communications

What's better than purchasing, deploying, configuring, administering and maintaining the various hardware and software components of a complete unified communications solution? Well, when I put it like that, what isn't better?? It sounds like a lot of effort and not much fun. The...


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