World VoIP NewsCodenomicon adress VoIP security issues by new technologies
Codenomicon adress VoIP security issues by new technologies
Finnish company Codenomicon, the prominent vendor of pro-active VoIP and telecommunications security solutions announced new products resources for the industry. The new VoIP communications security tools consists with specified security assessment solutions for VoIP interconnect, the critical interface between operators while roaming users. Specified whitepapers on triple play services security are expected to be presented at Mobile World Congress.
The telecommunications industry is challenged by a whole new set of security problems. The growing popularity of VoIP services has brought the issues of Internet communications versus traditionally closed telecommunications networks. This transition to Next Generation Networks requires more security and robustness testing than ever before. Additional challenge is the approaching IPv4 address space exhaustion that pushes for faster launch of the more immature IPv6.
So called triple play networks consist of data, VoIP and IPTV services which are all covered by Codenomicon's specialized testing solution. Codenomicon’s expierence started back in 2003, when first commercial release of the VoIP tool was presented. Security testing tools for both IPv4 and IPv6 were released in 2004, and are continuously updated and improved to keep the tools current with the latest developments. TV and set- top box producers are using Codenomicon tools since 2005. Since the beginning 2011, updates were made on Codenomicon's IPv6, SIP, HTTP and IPv4 test tools, which are all relevant to triple play networks.
Fully new set of tools will target legacy telecommunication interfaces using SS7-family of signaling protocols. These legacy technologies, though not designed for IP networks, are still integral part of the telecommunications networks, and have to be outreached via IP based services. The systems used in traditional telephony are very vulnerable as they have never been exposed to attacks common in Internet connected systems, and therefore have never been tested for those. As a result, both robustness and the security of the system are compromised and the risks of unexpected software behavior just boosts up.
To ease the operators' test automation burden, Codenomicon is planning to launch a new BICC (Bearer Independent Call Control) tool for testing BICC and M3UA layers in Sigtran protocol suite.
Codenomicon will exhibit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in February, and will be demonstrating the triple play test tools and the recent BICC tool release for interested parties.
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