The VoIP Market is Expected to Hit $82.7 Billion by 2017

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in VoIP, unified communications and more:

  • Infonetics Research revealed that the global VoIP market is expected to rise from $63 billion in 2012 to $82.7 billion by 2017. Their latest “VoIP and UC Services and Subscribers” market share and forecast report also stated that the use of SIP trunking jumped 83% between 2011 and 2012, as more multi-site businesses adopt it for flexibility and cost savings. Meanwhile, hosted VoIP and unified communications services revenue increased 17% in the same time period. For more information on the VoIP services market, see the Infonetics press release.  
  • Your employees are the biggest threat to your network. AlgoSec’s “State of Network Security Policy Management” survey revealed that 64.5% of respondents believe that insiders pose the biggest risk to their organization. According to an article on the Channelnomics blog, “Respondents cite the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend as a major source of security breaches, while 40 percent report employee devices increase the overall risk of network and application outages.” Meanwhile, 60% of respondents cite “poor processes and a lack of visibility into security policies as one of the most significant obstacles to accurately detecting security threats.” For more information on the “State of Network Security Policy Management” survey, see Channelnomics.  
  • New e-book outlines ways to secure your network and support your mobile workforce. The Business 2 Community blog ran an excerpt from Avaya’s 2013 Guide: TheCollaboration Trends, which outlines ways to protect your network from hackers when you adopt unified communications. According to the article, “Researchers at Avaya’s VIPER Lab and NACR have found that an unprotected IP phone gateway will be found and broken into by hackers located anywhere in the world within a week. Our research shows you can expect hackers to use your corporate network to rack up about $2,000 worth of fraudulent calls in just 8 hours–or half the time between the end of one workday and the start of the next one.” However, a number of security measures, such as encrypting your VoIP calls and using session border controllers, can help keep the hackers out. For more information on how to protect your network while supporting unified communications, see the Business 2 Community article.  
  • And finally … a hacker improves the worst video game of all time. According to PCWorld, a hacker has attempted to fix E.T., an Atari 2600 game that is known as one of the worst video games ever created. The game was originally released in 1982 and was plagued with numerous problems, including E.T. getting stuck in wells and randomly passing out. E.T. was so bad that Atari took a $100 million loss and supposedly buried five million unsold copies of the game in a New Mexico landfill. The hacker has adjusted the game’s code to fix these problems, prompting PCWorld to call the improved game “actually fun to play”.

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