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SecureLogix CTO to Discuss Voice Security Issues & the Future of Network Firewalls at VoiceCon 2005

Mark Collier Will Discuss How Edge Security Solutions are Evolving to Protect the Changing Security Needs of Voice Traffic

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SecureLogix Corporation announced today that its Chief Technology Officer, Mark Collier, will be speaking at VoiceCon 2005. The conference will be held from February 7-10 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Mr. Collier will be participating in a panel discussion on February 8 at 8 am on the topic of "Firewalls in Converged Networks."

The discussion will examine the expanded firewall capabilities needed to address unique security threats to voice networks incorporating VoIP, and offer recommendations for strengthening the security of telephony systems providing critical voice services. While the firewall's basic role won't change when the networks run converged voice and data, an organization's deployed solutions and approach to edge security will have to evolve to meet the security and performance requirements for voice traffic.

"Traditional IP firewalls are designed to provide basic, network-level packet filtering capabilities to allow or disallow various types of IP traffic. But these firewalls are not application-specific, and cannot detect VoIP-specific attacks, block unauthorized voice network access, or prevent service misuse or abuse, all of which represent the biggest areas of risk to the enterprise voice network," said SecureLogix CTO Mark Collier.

The panel will further explain what firewalls are, what they do now, what they'll have to do in the future, and whether devices now on the market can handle these new tasks. During the discussion, the following questions will be addressed:

* What are the issues around Network Address Translation (NAT) as it affects voice, and how are these issues being solved? * Has the recent buzz over public network (i.e., Internet) VoIP increased the urgency of developing and deploying firewall solutions for voice? How prepared are personal firewalls (in telecommuter PCs) to handle VoIP? * What will you have to do in order to have a voice-capable firewall -- add onto your current infrastructure or replace it? * What are the dangers of ignoring firewall issues or of dealing with them incorrectly? * How do firewalls affect voice performance and quality? Enterprise Voice Security Challenges

The convergence of voice and data communications is introducing a host of IP-based security vulnerabilities to voice services, dramatically increasing the need for enterprise-wide voice security and visibility to ensure service availability, quality and confidentiality. Each new IP voice device is a potential target for hackers. Threats include Denial of Service (DoS) attacks against key VoIP infrastructure, VoIP protocol-based attacks, toll fraud, eavesdropping or theft of the voice signal/media and sensitive information, communications interruption or interference, network virus introduction, and voice and data network penetrations through unsecured voice systems. These issues must be addressed before broad and secure enterprise deployment of VoIP can be achieved.

VoIP security issues create performance and functionality challenges for traditional perimeter firewalls, which were not originally built to address the NAT, media management, and performance requirements of VoIP and other real-time media. In addition to emerging threats to VoIP, existing TDM voice networks remain vulnerable to a host of security issues including modem connections, toll fraud, unauthorized traffic and service abuse. Traditional perimeter firewalls do not interface with legacy TDM systems, and provide no visibility and control over circuit-switched communications and associated security issues. Unified security and management of multi-vendor, mixed TDM and VoIP voice environments remains a significant challenge for the enterprise.

About Mark Collier

Mark Collier is the CTO for SecureLogix Corporation. He is responsible for technology research and development, and represents the company's technology interests during R&D discussions, business negotiations, standards groups conventions, and within the industry at large. Mr. Collier has been working in the industry for 20 years, and has spent the past decade working in security, telecommunications, and networking. Mr. Collier is a frequent author and presenter on the topic of voice and VoIP security.

About SecureLogix

SecureLogix Corporation, a Gartner designated "Cool Vendor" in telecom for 2004, builds first-of-kind solutions that enable secure, optimized and efficiently managed enterprise voice networks. SecureLogix technologies are currently protecting and managing over half-a-million phone lines for small- to-large commercial and federal organizations. The company's ETM(R) System has been named "Security Product" and "The Most Outstanding Product" of the year by Network Computing.

Reader Contact Information SecureLogix Corporation, 13750 San Pedro, Suite 230, San Antonio, Texas, 78232, 210-402-9669, fax 210-402-6996, [email protected] , http://www.securelogix.com/ .

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