Secure Telephone Identity added to ClearIP and NexOSS

TransNexus has added Secure Telephone Identity authentication and verification features to its call routing and fraud control products. By authenticating and verifying caller ID, this technology can provide relief from unwanted robocalls.

The new features implement the Caller authentication standards developed by the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), together with the SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) framework developed by the joint ATIS/SIP Forum IP-NNI Task Force. These features provide the ability to authenticate, digitally sign and verify calling party numbers.

“The STIR/SHAKEN framework developed by the SIP Forum and ATIS is a decisive step towards the goals of better protecting American and Canadian consumers from the scourge of unwanted and fraudulent robocalls. STIR/SHAKEN has broad industry support and is under active evaluation by the FCC and other National Regulatory Authorities [FCC Docket 17-97] for securing our telephone networks. I would predict early service provider adoption during 2018,“ says Richard Shockey, Chairman of the Board of the SIP Forum.

TransNexus is beta testing the Secure Telephone Identity (STI) features in ClearIP, its cloud-based telecom management platform. TransNexus will be providing live demos of the new STI features at the SIP Forum’s SIPNOC conference being held this week in Herndon, VA. The STI features will be generally available in early 2018 in both ClearIP and NexOSS, TransNexus’s on-premises software solution for advanced call routing and SIP Analytics fraud control.

“Fraudulent use of the public telephone network, by either annoying robocalls, outright scams or toll fraud has impacted every consumer and telephone service provider. The technology used for cryptographic Secure Telephone Identity (STI) is proven and used by everyone who shops on the Internet. Applying this same technology to telephone calls will eliminate telecom fraud and restore trust in the public telephone network. We expect businesses will demand STI from their telephone service providers in 2019”, says Jim Dalton, founder of TransNexus.

Joe Mullin, Vice President of Network Services for Edge Communications states, “we would never deploy data communications or applications without cryptographic authentication and verification. Secure Telephone Identity is the first step in providing voice services with the same security our customers expect in data services. Being the first to deliver the best technology options is one of our competitive advantages and we plan to support Secure Telephone Identity headers in 2018”.