Asterisk VoIP Security

When I came across a blog on Huffington Post that called Asterisk out on the security of their open source VoIP platform I just had to know, is this true?

So I asked Asterisk (after I said “asked Asterisk” five times fast) and got this detailed response from David Duffet, Director of Worldwide Asterisk Community.

Duffett (@dduffett) explains that protecting your network is a not whole lot unlike fortifying your house against break-ins.

VoIP Supply: Who is the Asterisk VoIP platform designed for?

David Duffet: The Asterisk IP communications engine is for anyone that wants to create a flexible and powerful communications solution. Asterisk configuration is performed through a number of ascii text files, and this is why a number of …

Office technology is supposed to make our working lives easier but the overwhelming amount of options makes it difficult just choosing the right device.

So where do you turn and who do you trust when you want to know who’s used this stuff before, what works and what doesn’t, and how much hair will I pull out trying to install this thing?

This is when you seek the guidance of a VoIP blogger like Michael Graves (@mjgraves) who runs the site Graves on SOHO Technology. He tests products geared for the small office / home office (SOHO) user and offers you, the reader, a wealth of detailed product reviews, guides and how-to articles, and great hands-on advice.

Graves explained to us …

Business FirstBen Sayers, VoIP Supply CEO, recently sat down with Business First reporter David Bertola to talk about how new iterations of a familiar technology are showing signs of growth.

Sayers spoke about video conferencing solutions, which VoIP Supply has sold for the past eight years.

What’s New?

Video communication is now practical for a business of any size because of widespread broadband internet use and the capabilities of new video conferencing devices to stream reliable, high quality video even at low internet speeds.

These advances in video conferencing technology are the catalyst behind the formation of a new division at VoIP Supply.

Video, Simplified

A video solution can be as simple as a laptop with built-in webcam that makes calls through subscription based video conferencing

The timing was perfect when Patton dropped by the VoIP Supply office last week for a visit.Tyler Delin_Prod Mgr_Patton

A webinar is airing on Tuesday, May 22nd that explains the symbiotic relationship between Patton gateways and 3CX VoIP phone systems.  Or, rather, how to get started with a VoIP.

So with the event right around the corner, it was a great chance to bluntly ask Tyler Delin, Patton’s Product Manager, “Why should customers choose Patton?”   And instead of a canned response that their stuff “just works” (Well, he did say that but, more eloquently and with a deeper explanation), Delin told me more about the company than I thought I wanted to know.

The wealth of information he provided about Patton gateway performance should be …

thriveTHRIVE! Magazine took the time to acknowledge innovative Western New York companies enhancing the community’s quality of life and adding value to customers:

“We selected a handful of companies both local and locally based, some small, some large that are making a difference. So be inspired that like you, there are people who care about our future as a city and region.”

VoIP Supply was selected as one such company and highlighted in Kyle Patterson’s article, “Innovation,” describing VoIP Supply CEO Ben Sayers’ serial entrepreneur process of capitalizing on emerging markets and creating a company culture that not only survived the economic downturn but thrives in the oft-maligned Buffalo-Niagara region:

“The last place I worked was terrible. I have always loved working. I want

entrepreneur-startups-fall_2011Want to become your own boss? 

Read Nancy Mann Jackson’s, How to Become Your Own Boss, in Entrepreneur’s StartUps Magazine for a nice primer on what you’ll need and experience on your journey to self-dependency.

VoIP Supply’s CEO Ben Sayers contributes his insight to the article by sharing some wise counsel he’s gleaned from his entrepreneurial experience.

How has Sayers and, in turn, VoIP Supply become successful?  By not only listening to expert advice but by embracing the experiences of those who’ve been there before.

Click here to read the full article.

Via Entrepreneur’s StartUps Magazine, the publication that explores what makes entrepreneur’s tick and their method of operating, has interviewed VoIP Supply’s founder and CEO Ben Sayers.

Mike Sullivan of takes a look into how Sayers has built VoIP Supply into North America’s  leading VoIP supplier including maintaining growth through the recent economic downturn.

As one of the Best Places to Work in Western New York, Sayers explains what makes VoIP Supply stand out, the unique model for customer service, and what the future holds for VoIP technology and the company as a whole.

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VoIP Supply’s CMO Garrett Smith shared his thoughts recently with TMC’s CEO Rich Tehrani about how recent trends are affecting VoIP equipment. 

Smith will be speaking at next month’s ITEXPO about the benefits of unified communictions for business and explained to Tehrani why it’s important

“Most organizations used to think of IP based communications as a way to save money, but today it’s really more about what IP/unified communications can enable from an efficiency and productivity standpoint.

Properly integrating and deploying unified communications is still a hurdle for some, but the potential benefits that come from leveraging it definitely justify the costs.”

The Cell Phone Effect & Disruptive Forces

In the last few years the applications for VoIP technology have evolved while the VoIP …

The U.S. government’s National Broadband Plan aims to stimulate the economy by mandating universal broadband and mobile broadband access.fcc-national-broadband-plan

Criticism of this plan is growing explains Phil Britt of the Heartland Institute “as private businesses are already finding ways to provide quality wireless broadband without government intervention through partnerships between industry and telecom carriers.”

The birth of the U.S. railroad system, the engine of economic opportunity of its day, was largely funded by private interests focused on supplying transportation in areas that expressed demand.  Even the mighty New York Stock Exchange was founded not by government mandates but by private, opportunisitic merchants and brokers.

Recently I was asked by Britt if business should be left to develop broadband as the demand arises, rather than any mandates for broadband before …

entlogo-2009In the article “How the Recession Saved One Company” highlights our CEO and founder, Ben Sayers.Entrepreneur Mag_Ben_Sayers_05_2011

Part of’s ”Small Business Comebacks” series, the article takes a look at the tough choices Sayers had to make heading into the 2008 recession that lead to VoIP Supply’s turnaround and the lessons learned from the experience.

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