VTC and Audio Conference Hacking

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I work in the audiovisual integration and technology industry and have very little knowledge regarding network and IT security. My boss has asked that I research the potential security risk that our integrated systems face and what we can do to mitigate those risks. Primarily our concern is whether someone can access the video and audio conferencing systems and listen in, record, or otherwise compromise what should be a confidential conversation. The systems we install are Biamp DSPs with SIP and POTs lines and Cisco, LifeSize, Polycom, etc VTC systems. In most instances these devices live on a LAN that allows control from a system processor and video switch and occasionally this is place on the client's network to allow monitoring and remote support from our technicians. I know that VTC and ATC devices have built in encryption but what are the odds of someone being able to access the system and listen in to conversations that are not teleconferenced. I would really appreciate input regarding what kind of risks our client's might face from hacking, corporate espionage, or even government monitoring. Thank you.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    It is better to ask a network expert/IT security person and set up all of these things through him/her. Once setup then you can maintain and follow all the norms for security.
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  • ToddN2000
    You could always as the vendor who sold / installed the equipment how they handle security. There may be features you are not aware of that are handling this already.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    darennest121 - anything is possible. The only way to know is to have it tested. Just like medical and dental professionals rely on x-rays, MRIs, blood tests, and the like to determine what's going on in someone's body, you'll need to have this system/environment tested using good tools and proper hacking techniques to uncover any weaknesses. This is something I do all the time and would be glad to discuss this with you further offline. You can reach me through my website at www.principlelogic.com.
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