Report: VoIP vendors and customers face security challenges

Sept. 7, 2005 - Still, In-Stat says the technology can add many desirable new features to business telecom systems.

Though Voice over Internet Protocol can add many desirable new features to business telecom systems, vendors and customers face difficult security challenges to realize these benefits, reports In-Stat.

As a result, more than 75% of the companies that have implemented Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) plan to replace their security appliances within the next year, the high-tech market research firm says. The security appliance market is poised for strong growth during the next few years, and will reach $7 billion by 2009, In-Stat forecasts.

"Traditional firewall technologies can complicate several aspects of VoIP, most notably dynamic port trafficking and Network Address Translation (NAT) transversal," says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. "Security product vendors are adding functions that address voice applications in their products, but, as history has shown, security typically lags behind advances in technology."

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

* Larger, mid-sized companies (500-999) show a higher percentage of concerns about VoIP security than companies of other sizes.
* Budgets allocated for new security appliances are significantly higher in companies that have already implemented VoIP.
* Reliability is by far the most important criteria for the purchase of new security appliance products by businesses.

The report, "Trends and Spending Plans for Security Appliances: Are We Ready for VoIP?" covers the impact of VoIP in the security appliance market, including the results of an In-Stat end-user survey to discover trends in security product usage and plans for future purchases. In addition to the survey results, the report also includes vendors' market shares and a five-year forecast for security appliances.

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