TelcoBridges finalist for UC Today Awards “Best Security Product”

TelcoBridges is proud to announce it has been named a finalist in the upcoming UC Today Awards in the “Best Security Product” category.

Telecom industry publication UC Today is the creator and host of The UC Awards, a global event designed to celebrate the pioneers, innovators, and leaders in the telecom technology market. Says UC Today, “We bring together the best in Unified Communications, Collaboration, and CX technology, to show you who’s leading the way in the marketplace.”

The UC Awards are one-of-a-kind and the carefully-selected industry judges are evaluating the finalists on their ability to execute, ability to innovate and ability to improve experience. The UC Today Awards judging panel comprises industry experts that include Zeus Kerravala from ZK Research, Irwin Lazar from Nemertes Research, Kevin  Kieller from enableUC, Jon Arnold from J Arnold & Associates, Blair Pleasant from COMMfusion, and Melissa Swartz from Swartz Consulting.

Having entered for the first time in 2020, TelcoBridges is delighted to be selected as a finalist in the Best Security Product for ProSBC, it’s industry leading Virtual Session Border Controller.

TelcoBridges’ ProSBC is a virtual session border controller that protects networks from attack while offering extensive SIP interoperability and routing features with outstanding session handling performance. The product includes a B2BUA, DoS & DDoS protection and advanced call routing features as well as carrier-grade features such as high-availability, encryption, and media manipulation capabilities with support and maintenance all for a $1/session/year subscription. ProSBC can operate on any combination of VMware™, KVM/OpenStack™, Amazon/AWS™, Microsoft Azure™ and bare metal servers as well as a VNF on dedicated network devices.

The winners of the The UC Awards will be announced on July 30th.

Out-of-Band SHAKEN – Solving the adoption issues of STIR/SHAKEN

By Alan Percy, CMO @TelcoBridges

According to Metcalfe’s Law, “the effect of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the connected users”.   As service providers begin deploying STIR/SHAKEN, you can directly apply the law in determining the impact or effectiveness of protecting the integrity of the caller identity.  Without wide adoption, STIR/SHAKEN will have little value.

In the last few year there has been much progress on the legislative effort to mandate the implementation of STIR/SHAKEN, but the reality of doing so is much different.

Last month, we hosted a discussion with Jim Dalton from TransNexus on the challenges that smaller and mixed SIP/TDM service providers are having with STIR/SHAKEN Challengesimplementation of STIR/SHAKEN.  His first-hand experiences with service providers include:

  • The cost of upgrading their software and equipment to generate and verify SHAKEN identity tokens.
  • Tokens are blocked by softswitches or SBCs within the service provider network
  • Tokens that are lost in transport (on both SIP and TDM interconnects)
  • SIP over UDP packets become so large that they are fragmented
  • The destination softswitch or SBCs strip the SHAKEN identity tokens
  • Many rural and smaller service providers depend on TDM interconnects, unable to relay identity tokens

The result of any of the above is the same – an inability to pass or validate SHAKEN identity tokens, the service provider and all their subscribers are not part of the “square of the connected users”.   This means their subscriber’s calls may be blocked or ignored, and without callerID verification, makes them easy targets for spoofers and fraudsters.

So how do smaller and rural service providers participate in the STIR/SHAKEN solution?

Jim and his team have been working with the ATIS and others to devise an out-of-OOB SHAKEN Graphicband mechanism to deliver SHAKEN tokens via the Internet.   A seemingly simple solution to a complex problem, Out-of-Band SHAKEN uses HTTPS to deliver the identity token from the originating service provider’s Authentication Service (AS) to the terminating service provider’s Verification Service (VS).

Not only does this mechanism solve the issues with SIP softswitches, it also enables STIR/SHAKEN on TDM switches using media gateways.

There is much more detail covered in the recorded webinar in the TelcoBridges’ Video Library, along with past events on both STIR/SHAKEN and a range of other topics.

Both TelcoBridges and TransNexus have created a promotional bundle of services and software to help service providers implement Out-of-Band SHAKEN.   Request a consultation to learn how TelcoBridges and TransNexus can get your subscribers part of the “square of the connected users”.