Announcing Secure Trunking on Outbound Trunks

Today we are excited to announce the availability of Secure Trunking for Zentrunk’s Outbound Trunks. SIP security has become a major priority for businesses – networks often hold classified information, and if a hacker gains access to it while it’s in use, the damages can be severe. 

With this new functionality, our customers can use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt signaling and Secure Real-time Protocol (SRTP) to encrypt media, during the time a call is traveling through the public internet. 

How It Works

Secure Trunking operates almost entirely the same as a non-secure SIP Trunking. The only difference is a short exchange at the beginning of a call to negotiate a security cipher suite and key, which means that the call has been encrypted. Once the call is on the internal side of the Plivo network, encryption is no longer used.

There are 2 types of data packets involved in a successful SIP call over the internet - signaling and media. Encryption of signaling happens over the TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol, and ensures authentication between two transport endpoints over an unsecured path for the SIP messages. So think of this as validating that the packets are from the correct source (either the customer or Plivo), and that they haven’t been altered during transmission. TLS versions that are supported include TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2. Secure Real-Time Protocol (SRTP) is used when securing RTP packets, which ensures that the media packets and actual contents of the call remain private and secure during the transmission. This kind of end-to-end encryption allows businesses with strict information security practices to reap the benefits of both SIP trunks and cloud communications. 

To learn more about our implementation and how to configure your VoIP infrastructure with Secure Trunking, check out our documentation

With a redundant infrastructure across multiple geographies and at least 3 local carrier connections across countries, Plivo offers a secure SIP Trunking solution with robust authentication and encryption. You can rest assured that the communication lines in your company are safe from any data attacks.

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