Internet security services and solutions provider SurfControl is out with a six-point guideline to help enterprise users safeguard security threats posed by desktop VoIP usage.
Here's my edit-for-relevance of SurfControl's wise counsel:
- Create and enforce an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Desktop VoIP.
- Standardize on Desktop those VoIP applications that you plan to support on the corporate network.
- Create security policies governing the downloading of desktop VoIP clients on to corporate desktops.
- Establish a layered security model that will encompass your network gateway, your network, and, of course, the desktop.
- Use security technologies to thwart ensure the optimum the ability to prevent unwanted desktop VoIP applications from installing on the desktop. This can be accomplished, in part, by proactive monitoring and reporting of Desktop VoIP usage on your network.
- Provide ongoing education to your employees about the potential dangers facing desktop VoIP systems.