The SANS Institute will be teaching the first European session of its new Security 540: VoIP Security course at the upcoming SANS Secure Europe event in Amsterdam this May. The 6-day course which debuted last year in Sacramento has proven popular and is already at 50% capacity.
“Voice over IP is a rapidly growing area due to the huge cost saving potential but organisations often fail to consider the security impact,” explains Paul Henry, one of the world's foremost information security and computer forensic experts with more than 20 years' experience.
Henry points to examples such as arrests made In Budapest and London last year of 30 members of an organised criminal gang that allegedly stole 11 million Euro’s through VoIP toll fraud. The gang used thousands of stolen VoIP account details to make 1.5 million calls to premium rate numbers which, in turn paid the gang a percentage of the inflated call charges. Other cases like Edwin Andres Pena who was sentenced to 10 years in jail in a US Federal Court for stealing and reselling VoIP call credits are part of a growing trend. “The automated billing mechanisms of VoIP services using direct debit or credit cards make these prized targets for criminals who often have difficulty selling stolen data,” Henry adds.