Now that I'm back 100% from vacation and a bit of a cold, I thought I would catch up with some of my writing. I attended a VOIP symposium in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago put on by NetSuds, an IT networking organization founded by Matt Noah that was really huge in the 90's but had a bit of a drop in attendance since the bubble burst.
One of the presentations during the day was by a security guru from BorderWare talking about the dangers of VOIP, the IP PBX and perils of SKYPE. I'm always amazed how security guys get so wrapped around the axle when some of these issues come up. I'm not denying the "danger" in some of these unprotected technologies and appreciate some of the efforts like those at BorderWare to come up with security measures, but when you hear it from them you'd think the Soviets are preparing for a First-Strike.
BorderWare has come out with SIPassure (tm), their new SIP firewall that allows them to secure IP communications including VOIP, Video, IM and any other presence based applications. From what I understand, it's at a pretty good price point (around $4k) and would typically be bundled by solution providers implementing IP services.
I like their story, although they could do without the unnecessary hand-wringing...we get it, we need security... They've got a nice little product and a very good price point. This is a company and product to watch.