BorderWare Technologies Inc.

BorderWare Technologies Inc.

March 28, 2005 09:21 ET

BorderWare Joins VOIP Security Alliance


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MARCH 28, 2005 - 09:21 ET

BorderWare Joins VOIP Security Alliance

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 28,
2005) -

Chairs Committee on Security Requirements

BorderWare Technologies Inc. today announced that it has joined VOIPSA,
the industry's first Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Security
Alliance. VOIPSA is an open group of leading VoIP vendors, providers,
security researchers, and thought leaders with the purpose of improving
the public awareness of issues and best practices for security and
privacy of Voice over IP.

BorderWare will chair the Security Requirements committee within VOIPSA.
The group is tasked with defining security requirements across the wide
spectrum of the VoIP ecosystem including individual VoIP building
blocks, supporting security technology components (SBCs, Firewalls,
etc.), architecture and network design (NAT, VPN, port security, etc.),
network management, and end point access and authentication.

VoIP Adoption Accelerating, Security A Concern

By all accounts, the VoIP industry is on a global growth path.
In-Stat/MDR reported that the overall percentage of companies using VoIP
communications quadrupled in 2004, growing from 3 percent in 2003 to 12
percent in 2004, and showed substantially higher growth rates among
larger enterprises. In-Stat/MDR forecasted that by the end of 2004, VoIP
penetration would reach 34 percent among mid-sized businesses, and 43
percent in large enterprises.

Only recently, however, have industry vendors and researchers begun to
raise concerns that VoIP and its underlying communications protocols
such as SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), are vulnerable to a number of
exploits such as faked Caller ID. A recent report from the U.S. National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) advises federal government
agencies to implement appropriate security measures when deploying voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecommunications technologies.

"As a leader in securing Internet communications, BorderWare welcomes
the opportunity to work with the industry to identify and establish
security requirements that will enable the widespread adoption of VoIP,"
said John Alsop, Chairman, BorderWare.

About Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)

Like HTTP and SMTP, SIP has been endorsed by the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) and is emerging as the dominant session protocol for
real-time Internet (IP) communications applications including instant
messaging (IM), VoIP, and video conferencing. Industry players from
carriers to equipment makers are all moving to SIP because it provides
the convenience and benefit of ensuring that hardware equipment and
applications from different vendors will work in tandem. SIP, however,
is also susceptible to similar types of threats and exploits that plague
the Web and email. BorderWare has developed the industry's first
SIP-specific firewall, SIPassure, which is designed to make SIP
communications safe.

About VOIPSA

The VoIP Security Alliance (VOIPSA) is the first and only group solely
and holistically dedicated to VoIP security research and education
backed by a wide spectrum of organizations represented by universities,
security researchers, VoIP vendors, thought leaders and VoIP providers.
The mission of VOIPSA is to improve the public awareness of issues and
best practices for security and privacy of Voice over IP. VOIPSA is an
open group that aims to help organizations discover, understand and
avoid VoIP security risks through discussion lists, white papers,
sponsorship of VoIP security research projects, and the development of
tools and methodologies for public use. For more information, please
visit www.voipsa.org.

About BorderWare

BorderWare Technologies makes Internet communications safe. The
company's perimeter and "application-specific" firewalls for email and
SIP enable customers to mitigate the risks and threats associated with
Internet communications. Founded in 1994, BorderWare has developed
partnerships and affiliations with some of the industry's most prominent
companies including 3Com Corp., Cisco Systems, F5 Networks, Kaspersky
Labs, Research In Motion (RIM), RSA Security, Sun Microsystems and
Symantec. More than 7500 customers in 65 countries have selected
BorderWare's solutions for their superior security, scalability,
business continuity and lower total cost of ownership. For more
information visit http://www.borderware.com or call 1-877-814-7900.

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Contact Information

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    ssofer@borderware.com
    www.borderware.com