BRENT BURNS: Welcome to the Cisco Unified Communications Podcast Series for Government. I'm your host, Brent Burns. Mike, tell us a little bit about your background. How long have you been working with government customers?
MIKE HARTREE: I've been working here in Cisco Federal for the last 10 years in Cisco. When I came, we had just gotten our first couple of phones, that we had two models. One version of CallManager and one-and-a-half video products. And now we have 8, 9, l0 models of phones, video inside of CallManager, TelePresence, the list goes on.
BRENT BURNS: The purpose for you joining us on the podcast series today is to discuss security in unified communications. I know this is a big topic and one that you have expertise on. Where shall we start?
MIKE HARTREE: We all know that IP infrastructures are a terrific target for attack, and IP voice and video systems are no different than the rest of the IP network. It's yet another target on your back. So putting a voice over IP, video over IP system together, it's going to be just as secure as the rest of the infrastructure. And it is actually pretty secure. The solution that we see today is not just voice over the Internet, it's voice and video and data collaboration, all revolving around our product, Cisco Unified Communications Manager. And this replaces the traditional enterprise PBX. It's a server that runs on Windows or on Linux, and it serves up all the applications that you need in order to deploy from an entire enterprise: voice and video down to the desktop for all of your users with all of the features that you get in the traditional PBX. So it's not just that point-to-point audio over the Internet anymore.
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