VoIP Security Partnership Launched in the Usa

By: Vlad Sent

It was announced that a group of American experts and academics have launched a special group to analyze VoIP sewcurity issues and develop ways of its improving. The collaboration sees Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) partnering with BellSouth and Internet Security Systems (ISS).

The newly created group has issued a statement in which they claim it is important to maintain the highest possible level of security in the current publich switched networks considering the fact that communication services quickly move onto the Internet-based platforms and technologies.

Collaborators plan to come up with thorough security research of the existing VoIP implementations and protocols and study such issues as VoIP authentification (this may help to fight voice spam which is now becoming a serious problem), modelling and distributing the VoIP traffic, cellular communication using VoIP security and user agents VoIP applications security.

BellSouth and ISS have funded $300,000 immediately to the programme which is now scheduled to take at least to years. Students from GTISC will work with these two companies' experts and technical engineers in the field of developing various solutions to improve VoIP security.

Why they need it? Because as sponsors, the companies will have total access to the intellectual property coming up as a result of all the research work.

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