There are many advantages of Unified Communications such as:
- More production through communication consolidation
- IT departments become more efficient
- Decision making becomes faster
- Companies save money
But threats are becoming more common in unified systems that causes a lot of security risks than in non-integrated systems. We are in a new age of security where information security professionals must deliver effective, real-time defenses that predict threats to critical assets.
PBX (Private Branch Exchange)-based corporate voice systems are exploited by hackers for the purpose of eavesdropping or causing infection in malware. Attackers are stepping up their game with new threats. They now have highly sophisticated and unified techniques that allow them to easily infiltrate corporate networks undetected. This means they can gain access to valuable resources and sensitive data.
Eavesdropping is a major concern with unified systems. When they put e-mail, fax, instant messages and other collaborative content into the same bitstream then hackers have much easier access. There is currently an uncontrolled nature of infrastructure that needs to be protected. The increasing volume and intensity of recent attacks gives the security community no other choice than to adopt new methods and tools.
Developers in malware can propagate content; this will make zero-hour threat detection and remediation extremely important. Learn how to keep your critical data safe from viruses, hackers and other threats here.
Corporate decision makers will have to set sophisticated security capabilities and focus heavily on encryption technologies. Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. It may be time to start taking these current and future threats very seriously. Unified Communications needs to understand the techniques of modern attacks and implement new detection methods.