Avaya targets mobile, home-based employees with BYOD security tools

Summary:As the debate for and against telecommuting rages on in Silicon Valley, Avaya is wedging itself in with some new BYOD security tools for the mobile workforce.

Avaya is upgrading some of its enterprise collaboration products to shore up security for mobile and home-based employees.

See also: Avaya trying out data analytics for customer service contact centers

The news from the unified communications company comes at a time when Silicon Valley (and beyond) is in the midst of a heated debate over telecommuting following the announcement of the upcoming ban at Yahoo .

However, it looks like Avaya's approach is more about improving security to reduce roadblocks (and worries) while enabling more collaboration and productivity.

Specifically, the latest version of Avaya's Session Border Controller for Enterprise (SBCE) has been revamped to deflect Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, viruses, and configuration errors.

This includes "VPN-less" access in which employees can have a dedicated phone line that automatically authenticates to one IP address on a single SBCE without having to connect to a virtual private network, which should reduce operational costs for both a VPN and an optimized IP address.

On a more device-specific level, Avaya has some specific enhancements just for iPhone and iPad with protected access to mobile UC capabilities (i.e. video, instant messaging, etc.) across public networks.

Avaya is touting that these new solutions are more cost-effective in securing Session Initiation Protocols (SIP) applications across next-generation networks while also managing emerging BYOD strategies.

Topics: Networking, Bring Your Own Device, Mobility, Security, Social Enterprise


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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