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With Christmas fast approaching, we would like to present 12 articles to read during the 12 days of Christmas. We hope that this collection of articles will take you on a joyous voyage of telecom business, VoIP, and personal development education. It has been over a year since organizations rushed from the traditional office to a virtual workplace due to the coronavirus. The transition from office to home leads to other changes: many of us now communicate much more often in the virtual world, rather than face-to-face, which means that nonverbal communications are now more important than ever.   Full article: https://voip.review/2021/02/08/importance-nonverbal-communication-virtual-environment/ Most phones today allow users to see the calling party’s phone number before they answer. This feature, called Caller ID or Calling Line Identity (CLI), is a way to let people know who is calling and decide whether they want to answer the call or not. However, callers…

There has recently been a significant surge in Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) assaults all around the world. A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to interrupt regular traffic to a targeted server, service, or network by flooding the target or its surrounding infrastructure with excessive Internet traffic.   Cloudflare has reported that it has neutralized a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack that leveraged about 15,000 compromised devices and topped at just under 2 Tbps of bandwidth. The assault was believed to have employed a combination of Mirai-infected Internet of Things devices, which are frequently used to conduct enormous DDoS attacks, and unpatched versions of the GitLab developer tool.   The DDoS assault comes only a few weeks after Rapid7 announced a GitLab vulnerability on November 1, 2021, rated a full 10.0 on the CVSS severity scale, that could be leveraged to enable an attacker to remotely run code, and warned that exploitation would…

Telefónica Tech and Fortinet announce new SD-WAN service As the hybrid and cloud-centric work model has become the new normal, Telefónica Tech and the cybersecurity firm Fortinet have unveiled a new worldwide managed, software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution aimed at the work-from-home market. Fortinet’s latest solution, flexWAN, will debut in Spain before being rolled out internationally across Telefónica’s European and American markets. For corporate personnel connecting from their workplaces or other locations to their jobs, this solution combines networking and security into a single product. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/yrtssb94 Vodafone launches Eco-SIMs Vodafone has announced that it will begin providing customers half-sized Eco-SIM cards manufactured from recycled plastic. The Eco-SIM should reduce the requirement for 320 tonnes of new plastic to be manufactured each year, resulting in a reduction of about 1,280 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Eco-SIMs are expected to be gradually introduced in all twelve of…

Malwarebytes™, a worldwide pioneer in real-time cyber protection, has collaborated with non-profit partners Digitunity and Cybercrime Support Network to share the findings of “The Demographics of Cybercrime” study. According to the research, cybercrime does not affect everyone equally.   The research, which surveyed over 5,000 people in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, explains how people experience cybercrime throughout the world and shows how demographics affect the frequency of attacks on people, as well as their emotional reaction to becoming a target.   According to the data analysis, underprivileged groups facing societal stigma, such as those with lower incomes and lower education levels, feel less comfortable about their online experiences, and are more likely to be targeted. They are also more likely to be attacked and report  greater emotional strain while reacting to cyberattacks.   According to the findings of the study, particular groups report a higher chance…

One of the most frequently asked questions about a VoIP phone system is fundamental and critical, and is as follows: is VoIP secure? To answer the question, no phone system is bulletproof. VoIP has a myriad of benefits, but possible security risks should not be overlooked.   Given the growing number of cybercrimes around the world, the importance of security has never been more significant. In every practical sense, VoIP has a good reputation as a secure technology. Nevertheless, every time you use electronic devices or the Internet, it is wise to understand the security risks that such usage may pose to your business and take appropriate precautions. You might be wondering, how important VoIP security really is? Even if you yourself have never been a victim, the reality is that the threat of security breaches through the phone system is quite serious.   Truthfully, security is a must for…

Black Lotus Labs, a division specializing in threat intelligence at Lumen Technologies that focuses on identifying malware and cyber security threats, has announced the discovery of a group of compromised websites that have been used in watering hole attacks in the past. All visitors who browse one of the sites would be unknowingly infected and vulnerable to the attacker stealing a copy of their Windows authentication credentials that could be used to impersonate them.   The activity was only recently brought to light and was discovered on several Ukrainian and one Canadian website. These attacks target websites by inserting a malicious function into the website’s code, which is then executed by the victim’s machine. This type of attack has been used for many years, including the high-level compromise that was traced to the San Francisco International Airport website in April 2020.   When analyzing the attacks in Ukraine and Canada,…

Vodia Networks, manufacturer of cutting-edge software-based telephone systems, has announced its 2021 Webinar schedule. A number of industry-leading companies will participate in the webinars, including CyberData, Fanvil, Quest Blue and Yealink. Each webinar will demonstrate the features and ease of use of the new version of Vodia’s industry-leading multi-tenant cloud PBX, version 67, which was released in February 2021. The webinars are designed for both resellers and end-users.    “We’re excited about 67, particularly how perfectly it integrates with Microsoft Teams,” said Vodia CEO Christian Stredicke. “Our best-in-class cloud PBX is the telephony system SMBs need to thrive during these challenging times and going forward. We invite all of our partners and resellers to participate in these webinars, and to invite their customers as well. For SMBs interested in our cloud PBX, we are happy to connect you with an outstanding reseller in your area. Please join us for what…

Telecommunications trends tend to change dramatically every year. No one could have foreseen where 2020 would take us: during this year there were more digital transformations than in the whole of the last decade, with these transformations being accelerated by the global pandemic. Given the modernization of technology and the current situation, customer demand for reliable services has grown significantly. This means major changes and even more challenges for the telecommunications industry. With 2021 being within arm’s reach, let us take a look at the future trends and forecasts for the telecommunications and VoIP industry. 5G technology is one of the most discussed trends in the telecommunications market today. 5G is a revolutionary fifth-generation wireless networking technology that will radically change the Internet. Its main advantages are faster internet speeds and shorter response times, while eliminating packet loss and network congestion during data transmission. Our dependence on…

Zoom and Lumen advance their partnership The telecommunications company Lumen is already a partner of Zoom, but Lumen has recently announced that it has advanced the partnership further to introduce Zoom delivered by Lumen. Zoom delivered by Lumen combines the embedded network security capabilities of Lumen with Zoom’s integrated security features to actively protect businesses using their combined services. Shaun Andrews, CMO at Lumen, said: “We’re happy to take this partnership a step further by combining our platforms and our strengths to create Zoom delivered by Lumen. Together, we will help keep families, businesses, schools and hospitals securely connected to the world, and thriving in the fourth industrial revolution.” Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/y4luab48 BT to deploy their global network cloud next year BT has been working on their BT Network Cloud for some time now, since deciding to focus on this cloud-native platform. BT has Network Cloud nodes in the…

Telefonica acquires Govertis Advisory Services The Spanish international telecommunications company, Telefonica, has announced the acquisition of the Valencia-based consulting company Govertis Advisory Services. The procurement was made through its subsidiary the cybersecurity company ElevenPaths. According to Telefonica, Govertis offers solutions that combine both legal and technological aspects of cybersecurity. The purchase of Govertis is related to Telefonica‘s ongoing investments in security through the development of proprietary solutions, the implementation of technologies in the global SOC network, and the acquisition of and investment in new companies. Eduard Chaveli, CEO and founder of Govertis, commented that this deal was a “natural next step in a long-standing relationship”. Read more at https://tinyurl.com/y2lr9pl7 Argentinian government freezes Telco prices Argentina‘s government has extended a ruling applicable to Internet, mobile and pay-TV providers, preventing them from raising their prices until the end of 2020. These measurements were first implemented in May of this year to combat…