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Voice Over IP Security

September 18th, 2009 | Posted by Nathaniel James in Encryption | Security - (0 Comments)

According to NIST, with the proliferation of VOIP, the demands for security are significantly compounded.  Now, network administrators must protect two invaluable assets – our data and our conversations. Federal agencies are required by law to protect a great deal of information, even if it is unclassified. The current Internet architecture does not provide the same physical wire security as the phone lines. What’s the solution? Encryption! Encryption! Encryption!

Encrypting VOIP traffic and running it over a virtual private network provides excellent security when dealing with external communications. Architecture decision, like locating IP Telephones behind NATs and Firewalls, are also important.

President Obama’s Cyber Security Policy

July 9th, 2009 | Posted by Nathaniel James in Security | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

President Obama’s new cyber security policy and the creation of a White House office for cyber defense is a step in the right direction. I think the new cyber boss can be effective regardless of title or hierarchical position within the White House.

According to the Cyberspace Policy Review referenced above, the Federal government cannot succeed in the many facets of securing cyberspace if it works in isolation. The public and private sectors’ interests are intertwined with a shared responsibility for ensuring a secure, reliable infrastructure upon which businesses and government services depend. Government and industry leaders both nationally and internationally need to delineate roles and responsibilities, integrate capabilities, and take ownership of the problem to develop holistic solutions. Only through such partnerships will the United States be able to enhance cyber security and reap the full benefits of the digital revolution.

Whatever the outcome cyber security need the same attention of law enforcement as other crimes.

Avoid Becoming a Data Loss Victim

May 4th, 2009 | Posted by Nathaniel James in Compliance | Security - (0 Comments)

With the current US economy downturn, cyber crime is increasing at an alarming rate. Let’s face it – data loss can quickly become a public relations nightmare for any business. Solid Core conducted a survey [solidcore.com] of 201 IT and compliance professionals and found that more than half of the respondents admitted their organization either experienced or did not know if they had experienced a compliance control deficiency in the last year.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, released the 2008 Annual Report on the number of Internet crime complaints received. This report [ic3.gov] was made available on March 31, 2009.

The 2008 Annual Report states that complaints of online crime hit a record high in 2008. The Internet Crime Complaint Center received a total of 275,284 complaints, a 33.1% increase over the previous year. The total dollar loss linked to online fraud was $265 million, about $25 million more than in 2007. The average individual loss totaled roughly around $931 dollars.

Now more than ever, it’s extremely critical for everyone to do their part and be vigilant when it comes to network and enterprise security. Still, with the recent gains in the stock market, I’m hopeful this trend will become more positive.