Friday, May 13, 2005

Why Wi-Fi will die...

Technology is just so awesome. Things change at such a rapid pace that the latest and greatest technology is not even retro chic a year or two later. Yep. It creates has beens faster than any professional sport, pageant or news feeding frenzy.

The next victim is going to be Wi-Fi. Just after everyone has gone out and bought their fancy new wireless router, 801.11 card for their machines and installed the latest firewall and encryption security... boom! The game is going to change.

802.16e is the new wireless broadband standard on the table, and it's going to come to fruition later this year. This mean wireless broadband for the masses - not just those in a WiMAX cloud either, not just for the people who are standing still or outdoors in order to catch a signal. No, the myth of the Highway 1 wireless connection from Los Angeles to San Francisco will be a reality. The new standard actually will enable the technology for personal wireless broadband. You will be able to carry it with you just like your cell phone - wherever you go and however fast you want to get there.

So goodbye wireless router... hello personal wireless broadband. My prediction for the burial of all the wireless routers? 5 years, tops!

Fridays can be so blah!

Who invented Fridays? I suppose it was God who invented them... they're kind of like the holiday of the work week. We get to wear casual clothes... get lunch for the office brought in from the latest greasy spoon. Yep, I love Fridays. Don't get me wrong, I love Mondays too... getting the game face on and going after the week, but there's just something special about a nice, relaxing Friday at the office.

Wireless Security Update - May 13, 2005

More... more... more...

Defense Department hacker gets 21-month sentence,10801,101670,00.html

FYI - - Microsoft Germany Secures Its Mobile Devices with Utimaco's

Mixing Web services with mobile devices,289483,sid26_gci1085478,00.html

Mobile phone virus turns up in NZ

Two students investigated for identity theft at high school (don't think laptop related, but interesting)

Voicemail hacker could face prosecution (hacked into cell phone voicemail)

TIAA-CREF not true to their word?

3 Questions: Looking Down the Compliance Pike

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Wireless Security Update - May 12, 2005

Hacked Off: Protect Yourself Against Latest Computer Virus Threat

Unpassed bills shelved till next year

Nokia unveils local business connectivity solution

Protecting your PC

Online Backup Services Catch On

Two fifths of WLANs in Dublin are open to hackers

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Hey BPO pro! Big brother is watching

Identity Theft Is Becoming More Notorious

Laptops: The “Wild West” of Data Protection

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

VoIP security made easy...

Looks like NextiraOne announced a new information security practice to specialize in VoIP and IP telephony security. I'm glad someone finally figured out that was a dangerous can of worms causing massive drool to hang from the mouths of hackers everywhere... hope they're successful with it!

NextiraOne Becomes the Guardian of Converged Networks

New Information Security Practice to Provide Security Services for Mission Critical IP Telephony Networks

HOUSTON – May 11, 2005 – For companies wanting to deploy IP telephony, security is no longer a big question mark – especially for financial institutions, hospitals and other mission critical organizations, where downtime is not an option. With extensive expertise in both voice and converged enterprise network environments and a reputation as a highly skilled enterprise communications solutions provider, NextiraOne, a Platinum Equity Company, today announced the introduction of its IP telephony information security practice. This development is a logical next step for NextiraOne in helping its large base of PBX clients manage and prepare for the eventual migration to IP communications platforms.

“Companies have come to expect their voice systems to work and be protected all the time, and when they convert from traditional PBX systems to IP networks, that expectation doesn’t go away,” said NextiraOne CEO Dale Booth. “Most IT departments are not staffed or equipped to adequately secure their converged networks. Our clients needed an experienced and reliable ally to secure their converged networks and we are filling that void with our new security offerings.”

NextiraOne will roll out the information security practice over the next few months and work with leading players to offer a suite of services designed to help clients plan for and manage the security of their communications networks. The practice will address end-to-end security needs for converged networks through education, consulting and managed security services. The initial launch will include two distinct security education courses targeted at key technology stakeholders within the client organization. The first offering is designed to prepare clients for CISSPÒ (Certified Information System Security Professional) certification. This service is being offered in affiliation with the (ISC)2 (International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.) This level of certification represents the gold standard in the information security field. This certification process helps clients gain knowledge and understanding in all critical security domains such as applications and systems development security as well as business continuity and disaster recovery planning. The second offering is a Voice over IP (VoIP) security education seminar designed to help clients implement proper security measures in a VoIP environment.

Future service offerings will be centered on security planning and design, vulnerability assessment and management, and compliance testing. NextiraOne will offer a host of managed and professional services to meet the growing security needs and support of converged network clients. Specific security consulting and managed services will be announced in the coming months.

“Traditional network security may be effective in protecting traditional data networks, but adding IP telephony introduces a new layer of concerns for an information security team,” adds Booth. “Our new offerings will help our clients secure their converged networks to make them as reliable as the traditional PBX systems they replace.”

With more than 40,000 client sites installed and over half of the Fortune 50 companies as clients, NextiraOne has a rich history and strong base of experience in the telephony marketplace.

About NextiraOne
NextiraOne North America is a leading provider of integrated enterprise network, IP telephony, voice and data solutions and services that enable effective business communications. Built on a foundation of telecommunications industry experience dating back to the 1970s, the company’s expertise ranges from planning to the implementation, support and management of traditional, IP and converged voice and data communications networks. NextiraOne also provides solutions featuring best-in-class technologies from leading manufacturers and vendors. The company offers consultation and solutions development ranging from contact center applications to unified messaging and IP telephony. NextiraOne also provides the professional services, including information security services, required to make these applications and networks efficient, reliable and secure. The NextiraOne companies enjoy a rich history that has been woven from the fabric of Williams Communications Solutions, Milgo Solutions, Racal-Datacom, Timeplex and Executone. For more information, please visit

NextiraOne is owned by Platinum Equity (, a global acquisition firm specializing in the strategic operation of mission-critical services and solutions businesses according to a unique M&A&OSM model of value creation.


The little guy wins against SBC/AT&T! Hoorah!

Judge Disarms Two Goliaths in Transcom vs. AT&T Case

Court backs Transcom’s status as enhanced services provider and rejects SBC’s contention

IRVING, Texas – May 11, 2005 – Two giants, AT&T and SBC, ganged up on the little guy, Transcom, but this time the little guy won. The United States Bankruptcy Court in Dallas ruled in favor of Transcom and against SBC and AT&T on Transcom’s status as an enhanced services provider (ESP), paving the way for Transcom to resume its service agreement with AT&T and giving Transcom the validation it needs to continue doing business.

“For months we have been held hostage by SBC’s intimidation. They had been telling all Transcom customers and suppliers that we did not qualify for the ESP exemption and to stop doing business with us,” said Transcom CEO Scott Birdwell. “This ruling gave us the vindication we needed to continue doing business by offering quality services to our customers. SBC did considerable damage with their tactics, but we’re still here and ready to serve our loyal customer base.”

The saga began in April 2004 when the FCC ruled that a specific service offered by AT&T did not qualify for the ESP exemption. SBC used this AT&T ruling against legitimate ESPs, like Transcom, alleging that they were acting unlawfully. SBC pressured AT&T and other Transcom vendors and customers to stop doing business with Transcom. Coincidentally, right before the announced merger with SBC, AT&T asked Transcom to produce a ruling on their status within a period of days. Transcom was forced to seek the protection of the bankruptcy court due to SBC’s economic pressure and predatory practices. As part of the bankruptcy process, Transcom sought vindication of its position that it was an ESP entitled to the exemption, and the court agreed. In its ruling the Court clearly outlined the unique factors that qualify Transcom for the ESP exemption.

“The next step for us is to let our customers and suppliers in on the good news,” Birdwell said. “As we always have maintained, competition and innovation is a good thing, and with this ruling, our customers and suppliers can feel safe doing business with us again.”

With the pending mergers between both AT&T and SBC and Verizon and MCI, there is a growing concern that competition in the market place will be quashed and innovation cast to the side. This was evidenced by the testimony of a group of competitive local exchange carriers to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month where it was estimated that the two giants will control 80 percent of the market.

“SBC was acting in a monopolistic fashion with us – like a big bully, to put it more plainly,” adds Birdwell. “We bring an innovative solution to the market, and we are taking away customers from SBC. SBC can’t drive us out of business, and with this new ruling, we are here to stay. On a bigger scale, we feel like this was a victory for free enterprise and for the little guy.”

About Transcom Enhanced Services
Transcom Enhanced Services (TES) is a leading enhanced service provider specializing in the modification of the form and content of telephone calls and other communications to improve bandwidth efficiency, reduce costs and facilitate the development and provision of advanced applications. Established in 2003, TES uses state-of-the-art technology and a secure, privately managed packet-switched network to deliver cost-effective custom voice-over-IP solutions and converged IP applications to carriers and enterprise customers all over the world. More information is available at

Timeline of events:

September 23, 2003 Ex Parte evidence submitted by Transcom in the AT&T petition distinguishing its services from those of AT&T

April 21, 2004 FCC rules that a specific AT&T service does not qualify for the ESP exemption, but reserves judgment on other, different services.

May 27, 2004 Transcom service is certified to AT&T as enhanced/information service per AT&T requirements.

July 22, 2004 AT&T announces it will no longer take local customers.

September 23, 2004 SBC sues Transcom and other companies for back access charges.

October 15, 2004 AT&T told Transcom that it had been contacted by SBC; Transcom requested copies of the documentation and AT&T refused to provide the information.

October 29, 2004 Transcom makes a presentation to SBC affirming Transcom’s ESP standing

January 24, 2005 AT&T sent letter to Transcom stating that SBC had again contacted them and provided information that made it appear Transcom was violating their local services agreement.

January 26, 2005 Transcom responded, again asked for the information provided by SBC and reinforced its status as a legitimate ESP. AT&T again refuses to disclose the information it later uses as a basis to refuse service to Transcom.

January 28, 2005 AT&T demanded Transcom produce either a ruling from a regulatory authority or court on their status or a letter from SBC stating they were terminating traffic lawfully by February 4, 2005.

January 28, 2005 AT&T demanded that disputed billings be paid and a six-figure deposit made within 48 hours or their relationship would be immediately terminated; this demand was in violation of the original agreement between AT&T and Transcom.

January 31, 2005 SBC announced its intention to purchase AT&T.

February 1, 2005 Transcom told AT&T that it was ready to respond to allegations and willing to work to resolve any issues if it only knew what questions it had to answer.

February 2, 2005 AT&T declared Transcom in default because of non-payment of disputed billings and deposit.

February 14, 2005 AT&T suspends service with Transcom.

February 18, 2005 Transcom declares Chapter 11 bankruptcy because of pressure from SBC suit and AT&T suspension.

April 28, 2005 United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas rules that Transcom is, in fact, an enhanced services provider, rejecting AT&T and SBC’s claims to the contrary.

Wireless Security Update - May 11, 2005

There's a lot more where these came from...

Report: Hacker infiltrated government computers

Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows Mobile 5.0

Reassessing the CIO

Officials: Cisco theft was part of a much bigger attack,289142,sid14_gci1087147,00.html

MMS mobile virus begins to spread

Progress cited in thwarting ID theft

Business travellers targeted in latest phishing scam

Security Issues in the Financial Sector