You need a VoIP security risk management strategy

One of the challenges that security teams face is the problem of measuring, evaluating and mitigating risk in the enterprise. A study sponsored by Tripwire and conducted by the Ponemon institute found that while 81% of security and risk professionals in the U.S. said their organizations have a significant commitment to risk-based security management, fewer than 30% actually have a formal security risk management strategy that is applied consistently across the enterprise.

The effectiveness of data classification and retention policies can have strong ripple effects across an organization’s entire IT risk management framework. After all, how data is classified can determine what risk management priorities are placed on it, and the less data that is retained long-term, the less volume the organization has to sift through to determine appropriate protection levels.

Telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks—which earlier this year were becoming prevalent enough that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an alert about a threat of TDoS attacks on public sector entities in an attempt to extort money—are typically similar in motivation and goals as DDoS attacks, which flood networks, websites or other servers with massive volumes of traffic meant to bring an organization’s data structure to its knees.

Call centers are the most popular TDoS targets—they’re easy to contact and flood with calls—and, increasingly, there are more tools readily available tools for launching these attacks on any organization or individual’s location.