Is Your VoIP Network Secured?

The rising popularity of VoIP has given rise to new challenges in the domain of VoIP security. Not only are individuals using it to make their personal calls from homes, there are several businesses that have adopted it as their enterprise communication technology. Businesses across the world are now switching over to VoIP system and they are using it for communicating with the employees as well as customers. Security is thus of prime importance because of the sensitive nature of personal data of users.

Who Provides The Security

Leading VoIP providers of the world have devised several new ways to counter security threats to VoIP networks. The VoIP provider is responsible for the security of the communication services you subscribe to. This not only includes the basic firewall protection but also advanced security threats like attacks and intrusions on their servers.  Voice encryption and authentication are mandatory to protect your vital personal information. It is imperative that you discuss every security concern with your VoIP service provider prior to subscribing for their services. Besides the basic security measures, added advanced security options are often provided at an extra cost.

Though your VoIP provider will provide the security measures from his end, you also need to maintain an internal security system at your office premises that will be difficult to breach. Some of the options that you can explore for internal security are installing system-wide firewall. This firewall is specially built to stop Malware and Trojans from breaching the network security. The firewall can be tweaked and applications can be allowed to access the Internet when required. Installation of an anti-spyware and anti-virus is also a great way to ensure the VoIP network security at your end. The network should be scanned at regular intervals to remove or negate potential threats.

VoIP network security can also be ensured by opting for a VPN or Virtual Private Network. VPN works as an extended network that has a dedicated connection and encryption services. Users will be able to access VPN by using any internet connection they wish and yet they will be covered by the same security protocols.

We will give you a rundown on all the VoIP network security considerations at the time of subscribing to the services offered by VoIP providers. 

1.     Check with the VoIP provider to find out the options they are offering for ensuring the safety of your network
2.    You also need to find out the additional security features being offered by your VoIP provider
3.   Do not start making calls until and unless you have installed a firewall in your office. You also need to ensure that your employees do not start using VoIP before you have installed the firewall.
4.   It is always wise to invest on anti-spyware and anti-virus software so that you are able to protect your network from malware and viruses.
5.     Go for a VPN because that provides a dedicated connection with encryption facilities.

About the Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.


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