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BroadWorks in the Cloud: Good or Bad Idea?

August 5, 2021 at 11:00 am Eastern

Cisco BroadWorks is the software platform for UCaaS Providers used by some of the top Collaboration providers in the world. Traditionally it is installed in an engineered data center environment where service providers control the servers, routing, switching, and security.

But public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and Google Cloud raise questions: should BroadWorks be operated in a data center or a cloud provider? Are Voice Service Providers missing out if they keep their systems in a data center? 

Voice telecommunications in the United States is a service with regulated reliability requirements; outages affecting 911 or large populations must be reported to the FCC and can bring fines and penalties. We'll discuss how this might affect your thinking on choosing a data center or public cloud environment.

Integration with security appliances like firewalls and load balancers, and SIP devices like Session Border Controllers, is also substantially different in a cloud environment. We'll discuss the networking and connection differences between data centers and public cloud providers.

Top News: We'll also bring you an independent report of the top news on Cisco BroadWorks, including updates from Cisco and from partners.

 

In this presentation, we'll examine the key considerations for this question focused on Amazon Web Services (AWS):
 

  • What are the vital hosting requirements you need to run a BroadWorks platform reliably?
  • Does AWS provide the fundamentals expected for a production BroadWorks implementation?
  • Cisco famously operates their own BroadWorks system -- how do they host and build their platform?
  • How do Ansible Playbooks relate to cloud or data center hosting decisions?
  • Do hybrid or multi-cloud strategies make sense, where engineers deploy BroadWorks between both data-center and cloud environments?
  • What's different about integrations with security devices and session border controllers?
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Stopping Robocalling with BroadWorks ECG BroadWorks Quarterly Briefing

Hosted June 29, 2021

Join us for a free webinar to discuss the latest for BroadWorks

  • Focus on BroadWorks Service Providers and Enterprises
  • Deep Dive: New capabilities for robocalling mitigation with BroadWorks using the innovative SHAKEN/STIR support built in
  • Updates on Webex for BroadWorks & new Vendor Integrations

Protect Your Customers! Implementing a GREAT Robocall Mitigation Plan

Hosted June 17, 2021

This webinar discusses what should be in a great Robocall Mitigation Plan and how it helps you to protect your customers against against nuisance and robocalling, and allows their calls to succeed to the outside world.

  • Defining a Robocall Mitigation Plan
  • Origination vs Termination -- Definitions
  • Key Goals for Protecting Customers - Deliverability, Liability, Reliability, Blocking Scam, and Trustworthy Caller ID
  • Know Your Customer - Customer Vetting
  • Industry Traceback Group Cooperation
  • Contract & Terms of Service Enforcement - Including Shutting Down Sources
  • Engineering Your Network to Fight Robocalling - Concurrent Calling, Calls-Per-Second Rates, and Number Screening
  • Reasonable Analytics - Automating the defense of your customers
  • Customer Types - SIP Trunking, APIs, and SIP Endpoint Users
  • Nuisance Calling Prevention - Stopping the Scams and the Spam

 

Hosted by: Jon Chleboun, SMTS

Presenter: Mark Lindsey, SMTS / VP Engineering, ECG

 


Webex for BroadWorks - Painless Deployment

Hosted May 18, 2021

As Cisco is rapidly phasing out the UC-One Connect product, BroadWorks service providers need Webex for BroadWorks to offer integrated meetings and calling solutions. But Webex brings its own learning curve and challenges:

- Now you need to create and manage Webex users in addition to BroadWorks users
- Webex “Partner Hub” and “Control Hub” - You can master these complex tools
- Push Notifications have a different flow
- New XSP Application - Authentication Service
- Mobile app lifecycle is simplified, with Cisco in the driver's seat

This webinar will cut right to the crux elements of the deployment process - the inflection points that can make it either a smooth turnup or a slow nightmare.

This webinar was recorded live on May 18, 2021

Presenter: Jon Chleboun, SMTS.

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Fighting TDoS Attacks on 911 - Legal and Technical Options

Hosted March 30, 2021

This Webinar is a collaboration of ECG and Marashlian & Donahue LLC, THE COMMLAW GROUP.

In February, the FBI and DHS warned the industry that Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS) attacks are a pressing issue, and affect the availability of emergency services. These attacks can compromise the safety of a community by blocking access to critical help just when it’s needed. But the rules that allow service providers to block illegal robocalls specifically forbid blocking of calls to 9-1-1. What options would a service provider have?

This webinar will cover:

1. Legal obligations to deliver 9-1-1 calls versus other nuisance robocalls 

2. The legal options that are available for protecting services 

3. Look at technical options to comply with DHS and FBI regulations

4. Review solutions available in the marketplace that can support your efforts to protect 9-1-1 emergency services

 

Robert Jackson is Special Counsel at Marashlian & Donahue, LLC and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of communications and technology issues. rhj@CommLawGroup.com

Mark Lindsey is VP of Engineering at ECG, Inc and a Senior Member of Technical Staff.  He has over 25 years of experience with network design, installation and training.  mark@ecg.co


Making the Most From Cisco's New Tools for BroadWorks

Hosted March 18, 2021

ECG Quarterly BroadWorks Briefing with special guest: Scott Hoffpauir, BroadSoft's Co-Founder and CTO

Join ECG as we dive into Cisco's latest tools for supporting your BroadWorks platform. Plus, get up-to-date current news on the latest changes in BroadWorks and the ecosystem for Service Providers and Enterprises.

ECG provides frequent updates for BroadWorks operators, giving you fresh, independent insights into innovations, changes, and risks. With over 20 million people worldwide depending on BroadWorks, it's the Number One platform for cloud calling. ECG has been providing independent technical services on BroadWorks since 2002.

• Latest News on Changes in BroadWorks

• Special focus: New services provided by Cisco to help engineering teams support their networks 

• Review of the BroadWorks operator ecosystem

 

Panelists: Jon Chleboun, Brian Tate, Sherwin Crown, Mark Lindsey

 

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Is This The End of CentOS? Life after Red Hat's major change.

Hosted February 18, 2021

Is this the end of CentOS going forward? Because of Red Hat's new policy, CentOS for production may not be a good option beyond 2021.  Red Hat just announced a major policy change, radically reworking CentOS and bringing dramatic changes for those who depend on CentOS for production servers. No longer will CentOS be proven software, released after all testing is complete. Instead, CentOS Stream will be a preview release. 

Speakers:
Sherwin Crown (SMTS, MS Computer Science/Cybersecurity)
Mark Lindsey (SMTS, MS Computer Science/Networking).

Discussion Topics:

  • What are the details of Red Hat's plans for CentOS?

  • What options will be available for Red Hat operating systems?

  • Are there any simple steps we can take to avoid rebuilding VMs/servers? 

  • How do you build systems with the risk of future changes related to Red Hat and CentOS?

  • If CentOS users do nothing - what are the downsides of running without updates? 

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Cisco BroadWorks Briefing - What's New? The Unofficial Webinar

Hosted December 15, 2020

Staying Informed on Cisco BroadWorks Has Never Been Easier! ECG has been building and growing BroadWorks platforms since 2002, supporting global network growth and cybersecurity. Join the team as we unpack the changes with Top News, Cisco's Directions, Automation, Webex, and your live Q&A.

BroadWorks continues to evolve under Cisco's leadership. In the US and worldwide, mobile requirements and new regulations change the requirements for carriers, from privacy to emergency calling. Voice is rapidly moving to Cloud providers, and user features continue to evolve to meet customer demand. The changes and new features in Cisco BroadWorks are built to accommodate this evolution.

Panelists: Mark Lindsey, Brian Tate, and Jon Chleboun

- Top News on Changes in Cisco BroadWorks
- Discussion on Webex for BroadWorks and future for UC-One and Collaborate
- Your Questions Answered! Live Q&A
- Platform, servers, and features discussed
- Calling, Devices, Mobile Apps, Network Designs, and Cybersecurity
- Engineers analyze the features and discuss experience with real-world implementations
- Info for conventional SIP and IMS implementations

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The Checklist: 9 Tests for Your SHAKEN Deployment (at SIP Forum / SIPNOC 2020)

Hosted December 10, 2020

In the rush to deploy SHAKEN for legal requirements, it can be easy to focus on success modes only, where you look only at what's working instead of what's possible. This is encouraged when you are asked "When will we be compliant?" with the new laws and regulations.

How do you avoid short-circuiting the true legal requirement of SHAKEN, as well as the obligations to society to improve the trustworthiness of the telephone network? This presentation will equip you with a straightforward checklist of nine key tests that every SHAKEN deployment must pass. Voice Service Providers can use this checklist to evaluate deployments and set goals for SHAKEN operation.

  • UCaaS / Hosted PBX Scenarios
  • Advanced Find-Me-Follow-Me Scenarios
  • Calling through IP-NNI / PSTN Termination vendors that add attestation for you
  • Asymmetric Routing Scenarios
  • Intra-service-provider Scenarios - when calls do not leave your own network
  • SIP Trunking Scenarios
  • Call Forwarding Scenarios
  • Privacy and Caller ID Override Scenarios
  • Analysis, Display, and Nuisance calling mitigation

Presented by Mark Lindsey, SMTS and Vice President Engineering, at ECG

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Identifying and Preventing Telecom Fraud - ECG with CloudAge Solutions

Hosted June 10, 2020

The 2019 Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) voice fraud loss survey of enterprises, service providers and unified communications companies estimated that the cost of fraud was on average 1.74% of revenues, or over $28 billion.  The bad guys never rest.  They continually come up with ways to exploit communications platforms and drive fraudulent traffic.  They can wipe out profit margins for months, or even years to come in this CCA virtual meeting.


Top Cybersecurity Mistakes in Voice Networks

Hosted April 8, 2020

The ECG Senior Technical Staff discuss the Most Common Cybersecurity Mistakes Made in Voice Networks.

Panelists: James Puckett, Sherwin Crown, Brian Tate, Jon Chleboun, and Mark Lindsey (host).

Topics:

  • Planning for your Network At Scale
  • Applying Cybesecurity frameworks like NIST's
  • Managing devices securely
  • Managing secret keys (for certificates) and passwords securely
  • Network Segmentation
  • SIP Authentication
  • Defense against device scanning - SIP phone configurations
  • Voice call-in portal passcodes
  • Expertise -- having people on your team who can fully understand the technology
  • Firewall management - internet exposure
  • Planning for rapid recovery - backup management and restoration
  • Change management process and security
  • Firewall scanning - open ports, servers exposed to the Internet
  • E.164 dialing and call processing rules to defend against fraud, traffic pumping
  • Operating System and Application updates
  • Managing End-of-Life (EOL) devices that don't have available software updates
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Alpaca 7.0 Webinar

Hosted March 26, 2019

Alpaca 7.0 Webinar covering new features including Bulk User Provisioning

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Defending Voice Networks against Malware

Hosted August 29, 2018

The WannaCry and NotPetya malware attacks of 2017 dealt widespread damage to the IT world in the form of weeks of downtime for many networks, slowed operations in the healthcare and logistics fields, and caused a total of $53 billion in damages in over 100 countries, as estimated by Lloyd's of London. In our Defending Voice Networks Against Malware webinar, you will learn what you need to protect yourself and your network from malware attacks like these. 

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Cisco & BroadSoft: What’s Next?

Hosted May 8, 2018

Join ECG, the oldest BroadSoft and Cisco Partners, for a Webinar on what Cisco-BroadSoft means for your business. ECG VP & Engineer Mark Lindsey will provide the latest inside and provide details to improve your strategy. ECG has been an Integration partner for Cisco and BroadSoft since 2003, and we can help you through the transition.

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