New security product for Skype

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New security product for Skype

SurfControl has released a product to protect corporate networks against threats caused by adoption of the IP telephony system Skype.

SurfControl’s upgrade for its Enterprise Threat Shield (ETS) can be configured to stop users downloading Skype from its host site, control unauthorised Skype usage and detect and remove current versions within a corporate network.

Although IP telephony offers cost savings, luring organisations to adopt Skype and other free IP communication systems, vulnerabilities that abound in the technology are targeting corporate users, and putting networks at risk.

SurfControl admitted that Skype is very popular on corporate networks, but added although the software was “brilliant”, some IT departments do not want to risk having the application residing on their networks. SurfControl’s ETS facility can grant Skype access to some authorised individuals, but the same threats will still be present.

Organisations have a choice: use Skype and dramatically cut communications costs, or ignore it and stay secure. If you’re responsible for keeping the business running, which one would you choose?

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