Business owners are finally starting to understand the importance of investing in computer, network and VoIP security, but many are still hesitant to invest in measures to protect all three until something bad happens. A 2017 study found that the average cyber-attack on small businesses with fewer than 99 employees cost a whopping $36,000. With costs that high, you can’t afford to not invest in protecting your network and your VoIP system.
The Most Common VoIP Security Threats
- SPIT (Spam Over Internet Telephony) is similar to spam emails that can be sent through compromised email accounts. Unlike spam emails, which are easy to identify and delete, SPIT calls are often time-wasters since they are hard to identify until the phone has been answered. Installing a robocall blocker can help, but SPIT calls often still slip through as a result of number spoofing. SPIT is growing rapidly, and now VoIP spam constitutes over 10% of all online spam.
- Unencrypted traffic is a significant VoIP security threat since it allows for eavesdropping on your conversation. While traditional telephone lines are also unencrypted, VoIP phones are particularly at risk because they are directly connected to the internet. Many businesses with VoIP systems set up virtual private networks (VPNs) using an IT services provider to protect all VoIP traffic.
- Hacking is always a risk for any device connected to the internet, and VoIP devices are no different. While the ability to use your phone number and voicemail from anywhere in the world using your mobile device or computer is convenient, it does not come without heightened risk. Your business should regularly change VoIP security passwords and PIN numbers and limit who has access to that information.
- Hardware that is outdated is another common VoIP security threat. If you are still using older models of VoIP hardware like IP phones or analog telephone adapters, you could be putting yourself at risk. Newer telephones come with additional security features to protect you and your customers.
Protect Yourself from VoIP Security Threats with Teltek
Teltek partners with numerous commercial businesses to protect VoIP hardware and software from hackers, spammers and anyone with malicious intent. Our IT consulting services begin with an assessment of the existing hardware that you have and include recommendations for new VoIP devices that are more secure and able to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for a way to integrate VoIP lines with your current telephones or seeking to upgrade your outdated system, Teltek can help you! If you are curious about how why VoIP security is so important for your business, contact Teltek today for a free consultation at 1-866-9-TELTEK or 410-552-6580.