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Wick Hill signed by Sipera to spread UC security message

Simon Quicke

Wick Hill has continued to expand its voice security portfolio signing up unified comms protection specialist Sipera.

The vulnerabilities around UC are starting to gain greater publicity but include PBX hi-jacking as well as the theft of data from VLANS and smartphones and as a result it is an area that has potential for both security and convergence resellers.

Bernie Dodwell, EMEA channel director at Sipera, said that $80bn was being lost to toll fraud as criminals hijacked PBXs and routed them to premium call lines and abroad.

But there were also concerns that UC networks allowed a route in for hackers using  gaps in voice defences to get access to sensitive data.

"You can use a voice network to link in with a data network and some people have no idea you can do that," he said.

But the market is still at an early stage and Dodwell said it had signed Wick Hill to help it spread the message and educate as well as recruit partners.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill, said that the state of defences around unified comms reminded him of the early days of firewalls.

"Now 99% of firms have a firewall but if you look at the opportunity [around UC security] 99% of companies don't have protection," he said.

"We see this as an area for security resellers to extend their reach and defend themselves and for convergence resellers to show the customer that they understand security," he said.



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