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93% of UK Biz gives thumbs down to IM and VOIP in Security

A survey by Infosecurity Europe of 291 companies has found that 93% of companies believe that instant messaging (IM) and Voice over IP (VoIP) usage is moving faster than corresponding security. Further to this, according to interviews Infosecurity Europe conducted with a panel of 20 Chief Security Officers (CSOs) of large enterprises, IM is now prevalent in organisations with large volumes of financial transactions being carried out over IM in some organisations.

Another concern was that as IM allows encrypted data traffic it could be an undetectable source of data leakage. The view on VoIP is that although there has been some adoption, it is not yet a widely deployed technology in corporates although it was being used a lot by travelling executives and the story is very different in the SME area where many have rushed to take the opportunity to reduce costs. There are similar security issues relating to VoIP regarding encrypted traffic and also the potential for SPIM to clog VoIP communications and cause similar problems to those caused by SPAM in email.

“The convergence of communications networks, devices and content has enabled service providers to deliver newer, faster and more advanced services including voice, data, video and applications - all over a single IP network. While these rapid technology advancements have tremendous benefits, they have raised questions from policymakers about whether security can keep up,” said Marika Konings, Director of European Affairs for the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA). “It is vital for the information security industry to stay engaged with our policy makers as they evaluate the impact of these new technologies and it is exciting that a premier event such as Infosecurity Europe is providing an opportunity to explore the current legislative climate.”

At Infosecurity Europe 2007 the subject of securing new communication telecoms technologies such as IM and VoIP will be covered in a number of keynotes and seminars. Including the keynote led by Marika Konings, Director European Affairs, Cyber Security Industry Alliance on how to Secure the Latest Telecoms Technologies, with Roger Cumming, Head of Advice & Delivery, CPNI. In this multi-layered session the telecoms policy from the EU and USA will be explored, as well as some of the concerns associated with the latest telecoms applications and the impact of these security vulnerabilities on business today. The keynote, which is free to attend for Infosecurity Europe visitors, takes place at 11:30am on Thursday 26th April 2007

Sam Jeffers, Event Manager for Infosecurity Europe 2007 said, “The adoption of new communication technologies is an essential component for the agile enterprise that wishes to gain competitive advantage, however these technologies also provide vectors for new security threats and if they are not monitored and controlled can also create a serious compliance issue. Those tasked with ensuring that new technologies are deployed securely will benefit from the Education programme at the event and the can select the most comprehensive gathering of information security vendors in Europe.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.