Is enterprise VoIP (voice over IP) due for a security wake-up call or are the threats mostly exaggerated? It depends on who's talking.
It's no secret that security is one of the hottest spaces of the information technology world, with companies spending billions on solutions to security headaches like phishing, pharming, keyloggers and "blended threat" malware.
But a new list published by security vendor Secure Computing points that not all of today's security risks come from technically sophisticated challenges. In fact, some respond to much more basic parts of human nature.
Selecting an operating system for use in your enterprise can be a complicated decision. Licensing costs, supported software, hardware options, reliability, and current administration capabilities all are part of the equation. Security is also a concern, but sometimes it's difficult to determine what "security" really means with respect to selecting an operating system. Further, the major operating system choices have a great deal of marketing hype with respect to security, but it's hard to cut through the hype and make a decision that's best for your environment.
From the site: "NSA initiatives in enhancing software security cover both proprietary and open source software, and we have successfully used both proprietary and open source models in our research activities. NSA's work to enhance the security of software is motivated by one simple consideration: use our resources as efficiently as possible to give NSA's customers the best possible security options in the most widely employed products."
If you do banking over the Internet, generally the drill is pretty simple: You enter your user name and password, and away you go. But behind the scenes, the bank can do a lot to check you out: Are you at your home computer, or at one with an Internet address that, strangely, is registered overseas? Are you logging on at an unusual time of day, or from a super-fast connection when normally you have dial-up?