VoIP security lurches forward with ISS


Voice over IP (VoIP) security took a few faltering steps further forward this week with the announcement by Internet Security Systems (ISS) that it had achieved security recognition from ICSA Labs, the independent testing organisation.

The certification effectively gives a third-party thumbs up to ISS' VoIP technology, both in terms of its security and, of course, its robustness.

As I think I've said previously in this blog, VoIP technology can be cheap to the point of costing zilch, but the quality of some of the calls routed on carrier's network can be pretty naff.

According to George Japak, ICSA Labs' vice president, through the testing, ISS has demonstrated that its security appliances can support concurrent VoIP calls, while maintaining an acceptable level of voice quality, availability and reliability.

"This new category of testing and ISS performance results show that, when designed effectively, security solutions can thrive even within a large enterprise without compromising business-critical traffic and applications," he said.

Given that Ofcom has announced plans to release the mighty BT from its price constraints later this year - at a time when a third of voice calls originate from mobiles, and around half a million people in the UK are now using Internet telephony - ISS' move has to be good news.

The certification only applies to ISS and its commercial VoIP offerings, but I think it won't be too long before some sort of quality and security certification is extended to consumer VoIP calls such as those offered by VOIPCheap and, of course, Skype...