May 06, 2008 06:00 ET

Nortel Voice Security Services Providing Peace of Mind for Spring ISD

New Technology, Services Offering Enhances Protection of Private Information

HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - One of the fastest growing and most progressive school districts in the United States has turned to Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) to safeguard the private information of 36,500 students, faculty and staff by protecting its voice network from hackers and fraudulent use.

Spring Independent School District(2) (ISD), located 20 miles north of downtown Houston, is among the first to use Nortel's new Voice Security Services, which also include monitoring and management capabilities that are helping Spring ISD reduce telecom expenses across schools, administrative offices and maintenance facilities in 40 locations.

Nortel Voice Security Services combine patented technology from SecureLogix(2) with Nortel security expertise to help educational institutions and other enterprises secure multi-vendor, multi-technology voice networks.

These services include assessment of network vulnerabilities, 'best practices' consulting and implementation of the SecureLogix(1) ETM(1) System(2), a suite of integrated telecom applications that protect critical network resources from telephony-based attack and abuse and simplify voice network management. Nortel provides the ETM System under a new worldwide resale agreement with SecureLogix.

"We need protection not only from phone line abuse but also from attacks that could impact applications and compromise information on our converged voice and data network," said Chris Kent, director, network services, Spring Independent School District. "This pairing of technology and services from Nortel gives us that peace of mind."

Nortel's Voice Security Services with SecureLogix technology protect Spring ISD from tampering, service disruption and abuse across a voice environment including VoIP, legacy TDM and multimedia communications, regardless of telecom provider or telecom service package.

Dangerous 'back doors' into the data network are closed to hackers through tight control of modem access and phone network use. Unauthorized dial-up connections to the Internet are denied, protecting access to proprietary information and preventing virus infections over phone lines. Bomb threats have been reduced by blocking calls without caller ID.

"Enterprises typically focus on locking-down their data networks, overlooking the voice network as a means to bypass those security controls," said Rod Wallace, general manager, Security Services and Solutions, Nortel. "All it takes is a laptop connected to a fax line."

"Nortel understands what it takes to secure voice as well as data," Wallace said. "Working with SecureLogix, we're providing voice security services that are among the most comprehensive and sophisticated available."

"Together, we are truly unifying enterprise telephony networks with services and solutions that baseline, optimize and secure multi-vendor telephony environments," said Joe O'Donnell, vice president, Worldwide Business Development, SecureLogix. "In turn, this gives customers like Spring ISD a clear, logical and chartered path to secure unified communications."

Spring ISD is purchasing Nortel Voice Security Services through Nortel channel partner Layer 3 Communications.

About Spring Independent School District

Spring Independent School District serves more than 32,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students in a diverse and growing district located 20 miles north of downtown Houston in a suburban area of Harris County that spans 57 square miles and more than 130,000 residents. Student needs drive the decisions that are made in Spring ISD, and priorities for meeting those needs have been established in a Five-Year Education Plan that is updated regularly. In addition, a Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan helps the District address the needs of one of the fastest-growing student populations in Harris County and the Gulf Coast region.

About SecureLogix

SecureLogix, a Gartner designated "Cool Vendor" and a member of the Deloitte Fast 500, is a unified communications intelligence and security company, building first-of-kind solutions that protect enterprise telecom resources from attack and abuse, and simplify voice network optimization and management. SecureLogix's 5th generation solutions enable customers to save money through securing and optimizing IP telephony and legacy voice networks, allowing confident migration to tomorrow's Unified Communications environment. SecureLogix technologies are currently protecting and managing over three million corporate and government phone lines. The SecureLogix ETM Solution provides enterprise-wide intelligence, security, visibility, and control across distributed, multi-vendor networks. The ETM System has been named "Security Product of the Year" and "Most Outstanding Product of the Year" by Network Computing.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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