Polycom and McAfee announced a partnership to deliver security solutions to address security and governance requirements for videoconferencing. This approach goes beyond simply integrating stored video into document-retention strategies, and instead plans to bring active security monitoring to Polycom video and telepresence solutions.
Thanks to television series like “24,” we’re all familiar with the idea of a secure videoconference for military or government applications, but the same concerns driving demand for secure video in government are also making the leap into the business world. CEOs discussing a pending acquisition or new product launch want the security of knowing their video sessions are secure from prying eyes. Meanwhile, IT operational managers will increasingly want to protect their video applications from attack.
Video security in the enterprise is still a nascent space. Our research shows UC architects are still struggling with demands for encryption, governance and retention of stored communications, as well as methods for authenticating end-users. I expect that protection against external attacks will emerge quickly as an additional security concern—especially as demand grows for extranet collaboration.
Irwin Lazar is the Vice President for Communication and Collaboration Research at Nemertes Research, where he develops and manages research projects, develops cost models, conducts strategic seminars and advises clients. His background is in network operations, network engineering, voice-data convergence, and IP telephony. Mr. Lazar is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in the enterprise in areas including VOIP, unified communications, Web 2.0 initiatives, social networking, and collaboration.
A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Mr. Lazar is a columnist for No Jitter and Enterprise2Blog. He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is regular speaker at events such as Interop, VoiceCon, and Enterprise 2.0. Mr. Lazar serves as the conference director for FutureNet (formerly MPLScon), and is on the advisory board for the Enterprise 2.0 conference.