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Can Skype phones threaten an enterprise network?

There are certainly some security concerns when it comes to Skype technology, but are the phones a serious threat to your enterprise network? In this expert Q&A, Mike Chapple explains what the risks really are.

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Can Skype-based phones wreak havoc on enterprise networks?
There are certainly some security concerns related to using services like Skype on an enterprise network. Specifically, Skype does not publish the details of its security controls, and some traffic may take place in an unencrypted fashion. Therefore, I would not recommend using the technology for confidential information. For more details on the security risks inherent in systems like Skype, you may wish to read my tip: Skype: Its dangers and how to protect against them.

That said, I think it's highly unlikely that Skype usage would "wreak havoc" on your network. I've yet to encounter a case where Skype usage caused serious bandwidth or security concerns on a production network.

More information:

  • Employees have discovered ways to load Skype onto U3 smart drives. Expert Michael Cobb reveals how to control smart drive use in the enterprise.
  • Has the Skype Trojan threat been blown out of proportion?
  • This was first published in March 2007

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