Provas to help enterprises protect their Avaya, Cisco, Nortel and Microsoft VoIP and Unified Communications infrastructures

Provas Ltd the pure play VoIP/UC Security, Vulnerability and Performance testing solutions specialist have today announced the signing of an Agreement with VoIPshield Systems of Ottawa Canada the world’s only company dedicated exclusively to protecting IP PBXs and related phone equipment. Voice-over-IP networks are as susceptible to attack as traditional data networks, especially more so as Voice is a real-time application. There are many elements within the enterprise and externally involved in the setting up of calls and transferring of media, each of these elements is potentially susceptible to malicious and illegal activity.

Over the last four years VoIPshield has developed specialised tools to look for and find security holes in all layers of the system. Hackers can mount attacks that exploit combinations of vulnerability, if successfully exploited these could result in losses to the corporation in the form of lost revenues, brand reputation, mitigation expenses, productivity loss and possibly compliance penalties.  Under the terms of the agreement between Provas and VoIPshield, Provas will become an authorised reseller of VoIPshield products and a VoIPshield Certified Consultant for the European market. The agreement allows Provas to market VoIPaudit™ the only commercially available VoIP Vulnerability assessment tool as well as a range of VoIP vulnerability and Security assessment services based on VoIPshield’s extensive VoIP Security research, and experience in securing VoIP infrastructures.

“The signing of this agreement with VoIPshield Systems further extends the capability of Provas in the important area of VoIP/Unified Communications Security and Vulnerability assessment; it allows us to offer customers not only a best of breed VoIP vulnerability assessment testing tool but also a range of Professional Services based on VoIPshield’s leadership in the VoIP security space” said Julian Russell Managing Director of Provas.
VoIPshield has performed extensive security research and testing and recently announced over 100 security vulnerabilities in the VoIP systems sold by major vendors including:

Avaya – Communication Manager, Message Storage Server, SIP Enablement Server, IP hard-phones, and IP soft-phones.
Nortel – Business Communication Manager, Communication Server 1000, Media Communication Server Applications, IP hard-phones, and IP soft-phones.
Cisco – Call Manager, Unified Communication Manager, Unity Unified Communication, IP hard-phones, and IP soft-phones.
Microsoft – Office Communications Server and Office Communicator.
“VoIPshield’s leadership in the VoIP/UC vulnerability assessment market compliments perfectly our Next Generation Communications testing and assurance experience and expertise, allowing us to deliver one of the only pure play VoIP/UC Security, Vulnerability and Assurance capabilities in the market” added Russell.

Provas Ltd
7 Midshires Business Park
Smeaton Close
Aylesbury, HP19 8HL
Contact: Julian Russell [tel: 01296 761759, Mob: 07785 261025, Email: julian.russell@provas.co.uk]

Notes to Editors:
1. Provas Ltd is an independent pure play provider of Security, Vulnerability and Performance test solutions and professional services for Enterprise Customers focused on Next Generation Network Infrastructure, VoIP and Unified Communications. Offering best of breed test products and professional testing services Provas enable enterprises to secure, protect and assure the quality and performance of their Voice and Data assets. www.provas.co.uk

2. VoIPshield Systems Inc. develops products to secure voice communications on IP networks. Each application uses VoIPshield’s proprietary database of VoIP-specific vulnerabilities and corresponding threat signatures, developed by VoIPshield Laboratories. VoIPaudit™ is an award-winning VoIP vulnerability assessment product. VoIPguard™ is the industry’s first dedicated VoIP Intrusion Prevention System (VIPS) with signature-based and behaviour-based detection technology. www.voipshield.com

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