The increasing use of VoIP systems and the current anti-Covid measures have brought video-conferencing to everyone’s attention. Most VoIP systems, both local and hosted support it, and there are specialised video-conferencing software applications that deliver sophisticated solutions, particularly for the larger multi-site and multi-country organisations.
However, conferencing does not always need video, and on occasion, video is not possible because of technical limitations. Indeed, phone conferencing solutions were available before video conferencing became common and economically and technically feasible.
Call conferencing is made possible by a bit of technology called a conference bridge, which creates a virtual conference room. Participants then dial into the conference room using their phone, landline or cellular. The call can be either voice-only or voice plus video. Some offer screen sharing and other collaboration options. This approach is adopted by both analogue and VoIP systems.
At the outset, non-VoIP conferences were limited to small numbers of participants, usually three. Most conference systems allowing lots of participants are an add-on to the basic phone system and are usually very expensive.Continue reading
VoIP systems are now common in many large and small businesses. For most, it is a no brainer because of the cost benefits in moving long-distance and international calls to the Internet, but many are now using the other benefits of a VoIP system to improve the quality of service they provide to their customers.
It used to be limited to large businesses only, but Cloud PBX systems now allow small business to take advantage of the features of a VoIP PBX.
One of the main advantages is to enable even the smallest businesses to use their Cloud PBX to establish a call centre to improve customer interaction and to develop new business. In the past, they were seen as a liability, but are now seen as a means of delivering revenue to the business by converting prospective customers to customers and helping customer retention. After all, it has been determined it costs eight times as much to gain a new customer as to retain an existing one.Continue reading
Business and home users have taken to VoIP like ducks to water. To both, it offers cost savings and convenience. To businesses, it provides the opportunity to use advanced communications features over and above the traditional land-line POTS solution. Rolling out toll-free International calling and video-conferencing, providing advanced call management to customer support centres and improving their overall business profile is now achievable and a modest and controllable cost.
Originally needing big iron, small businesses can run a virtual PBX on a dedicated desktop PC and take advantage of those new offerings.
However, as with all digital advances, security comes into play and VoIP Security is no exception.Continue reading
The widespread adoption of Business VoIP is well underway. The benefits, both financially and in improving the quality of customer service make it a no-brainer. Another aspect of the current digital revolution is the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (”AI”) to automate routine manual tasks.
What if the two could be brought together? AI is touted as the way of the future and is finding its way into many business areas, not just IT.
Here are four ways in which Business VoIP and AI could work together to the benefit of the business.Continue reading
VoIP Communication is a common feature in corporate and personal life nowadays. Most large concerns use it as a matter of course as part of their corporate integrated communications platform.
In the past, communications costs were inflated by unauthorised calls and other activities designed to get around telephone security policies. It’s no different today in VoIP Communications. People still try to make unauthorised calls inside the organisation, and people try to hijack the company communications networks to make their calls. Nothing really new, except that it’s now digital.Continue reading
Most, if not all, large businesses use VoIP as their prime communications medium, usually because of the cost and functionality benefits it confers. As the market has developed, the ability to adopt a VoIP solution has extended to smaller businesses. However, as with other IT areas, VoIP has attracted the attention of miscreants, thieves and hackers intent on stealing information and disrupting business operations.
A new discipline, VoIP Security, has grown up to counteract these efforts.
In the larger IT environment, one particular thorn in the flesh has been Denial of Service (“DoS or DDoS”) attacks. These are intended to prevent normal communication with the organisations systems and services by flooding the organisations IT interfaces with large amounts of data, preventing authorised traffic from getting through. In a cloud environment, or for an Internet-based sales or service provider, this could be fatal.Continue reading
VoIP for Business provides a range of benefits, including substantial cost-savings that make it a must-have for most businesses. However, as with most IT advances, VoIP has attracted the dark side of the developers. Hackers and scammers are using VoIP for Business as a way to steal data and execute hacking exploits.
As with other types of malware attacks, business need to be aware of how these exploits are executed and what preventative measures they can take.
The first thing to understand is that most successful hacking attacks are by having users provide sensitive information. Scammers are becoming more sophisticated, and they are increasingly using VoIP to steal personal and company data or just cause mischief.Continue reading
The benefits that VoIP for Business can bring to your business are undeniable. Add to that Cloud VoIP, hosted or on-site and you have a winning combination that can add significantly to your business profile.
Depending on the size of the business, either implementation can be applicable. However, having said that, a cloud-based approach can fit more easily with an existing cloud-based environment, either on‑site or hosted.
Before choosing a particular approach, it is best to consider firstly whether on-site or hosted VoIP is better suited to the business, and secondly, whether a Cloud-based architecture is appropriate.Continue reading
First we had viruses, then rootkits, now we have ransomware. One thing is certain, the next bit of malware technology is currently under development and be with us soon. Even systems like VoIP are under attack and are being used as portals to gain access to corporate information.
What kind of threats are currently being seen in VoIP systems and how are they to be countered?
The first thing to understand that because VoIP is based on IP technologies it is vulnerable to all the malware and attack techniques that are inflicted on IP networks. The second is that VoIP goes over the Internet, and while you can contain and manage IP security in your internal closed corporate network, you are at the mercy of third-party service providers of varying quality in their security systems. The third, and one often forgotten, is that all devices in the VoIP network are IP devices and are therefore vulnerable to all the threats found with other IP devices. That must be factored into the overall data and voice protection scenario.Continue reading