Companies are being encouraged to consider the security of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as much as data.
 

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of the Wick Hill Group, claimed that putting both data and voice on the same network could lead to problems, as storing both on the same network could double the risk.

 

Upon Wick Hill's appointment as a distributor for Samsung's OfficeServ and Ubigate voice ranges, Kilpatrick further claimed that a very strong growth in VoIP has been indicated and there is a very high interest in purchasing security.

 

Kilpatrick said: “Having seen VoIP security as an issue, people have looked at security but not considered this, they are more focussed on cost and we are seeing renewed activities around security.

 

“This is not new, but the issue has become more apparent and created more business awareness as people make decisions about voice activated systems, they want to make the voice piece as secure as the network.

 

“Those who put voice and data on the same network are doubling the risk. Potentially, if you give yourself proper business continuity it can be something that somebody sells you – they will check if it coordinates with your right and link balances, if you have the right network capacity. If you don't think about it you could be in danger.”

 

Wick Hill will offer Samsung's converged solution product range, including four OfficeServ platforms, three Ubigate platforms, a wide range of applications and a portfolio of ‘hosted' solutions. 

 

Mark Ivens, senior marketing manager for Samsung, said: “Samsung is delighted to be working with Wick Hill, as they will significantly develop sales channel opportunities outside the existing distribution/reseller network.”