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Avaya to Share Strategies for Securing Communications at Conference Dedicated to Security of Networked Information Systems

  • Avaya Global Services consultants demonstrate how businesses can support distributed workforces while providing secure voice anytime, anywhere via any device

Today's businesses must balance the need for timely communication from any location over any device against a growing number of security concerns.

Today's businesses must balance the need for timely communication from any location over any device against a growing number of security concerns - from increased legal requirements governing the privacy of voice mail and other "stored" voice communications, to growing internal and external threats such as unauthorized access via PBX ports, to the need to secure voice calls traveling over new converged networks.

Security experts from Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communications networks and services for businesses, will highlight strategies businesses can use to meet these challenges and establish secure, continuous communications during NetSec 2004, the industry's premier conference on the security of networked information systems. The event is scheduled for June 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The Avaya security experts attending NetSec 2004 and offering insights on how businesses can succeed in securing today's highly distributed, virtual networks are members of Avaya Global Services-a group of more than 7,000 service professionals experienced in the design, deployment, protection, maintenance and management of enterprise communications around the globe.

"Today's virtual enterprises support an increasingly mobile workforce and business relationships that require faster, easier access to resources and information over a proliferating number of communication devices," said George Sullivan, chief technical officer for the Avaya Global Services Consulting and Integration Group. "The efficiencies and advanced capabilities of converged networks and Internet protocol (IP) telephony can help businesses meet those business imperatives, but distributed networks and new virtual business models also present unique communications security challenges that businesses may not be equipped to handle."

Recent Avaya research shows 42% of those surveyed believe IP-based systems will provide them with greater security and business continuity. However, in yet another Avaya survey, more than half of respondents also say they need IP telephony expertise from outside security and business continuity services vendors.

Sullivan will outline the strategies and resources businesses can use to address the unique security and business continuity challenges of distributed, IP telephony networks during an Avaya-sponsored luncheon that begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15.

Also speaking at the conference is Joe Seanor, senior security consultant with Avaya Global Services, who will share tips for achieving "Secure & Continuous Communications" during an application showcase from 9:55 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 14.

"As businesses move to converged networks and route phone calls over their IP infrastructure, it is important that they secure voice as a pervasive network application and also develop disaster recovery strategies to reduce their business risk," Seanor said.

Three Avaya solutions critical to secure and continuous communications will be presented and displayed in the company's booth (#615) on June 14 and 15, including:

  • Managed security services that provide businesses with a single point of accountability for remote, around-the-clock, proactive monitoring and intrusion detection for their communications environment.
  • Unique authentication and audit capabilities for remote access servicing. These include secure access and control capabilities for transmitting network device alarms, enabling secure remote access, and supporting regulatory issues related to Sarbanes-Oxley and other legislation governing the privacy of information.
  • VPN and firewall solutions designed to protect phone calls traveling over a converged voice and data network.


About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site:

About NetSec 2004
Avaya is a platinum sponsor of NetSec 2004. NetSec is the industry's premier conference devoted entirely to the security of networked information systems. NetSec 2004, scheduled for June 14-16 in San Francisco, offers more than 100 sessions on a broad array of topics required to safeguard the new generation of complex enterprise networks, including awareness, privacy policies, wireless security, VPNs, remote access and Internet security. An exhibition June 14-15 features over 90 security vendors, from the industry leaders to new up-and-coming companies. For more information visit

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