Test Your Knowledge – How do you secure your classified voice communications?

Secure Voice over IP (SVoIP) and Voice over Secure IP (VoSIP) both provide security for voice communications, but they differ greatly in security, interoperability, usability and flexibility.

Test your knowledge on the differences between SVoIP and VoSIP infrastructures and choose the solution that's right for you. 

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Not quite. The correct answer is C, both.
High assurance secure voice solutions that can operate on any (secure or unsecure) VoIP network are referred to as SVoIP solutions. Additionally, there are commercial voice solutions that operate over a Secure IP network, referred to as VoSIP solutions.

Not quite. The correct answer is C, both.
High assurance secure voice solutions that can operate on any (secure or unsecure) VoIP network are referred to as SVoIP solutions. Additionally, there are commercial voice solutions that operate over a Secure IP network, referred to as VoSIP solutions.

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High assurance secure voice solutions that can operate on any (secure or unsecure) VoIP network are referred to as SVoIP solutions. Additionally, there are commercial voice solutions that operate over a Secure IP network, referred to as VoSIP solutions.

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While both SVoIP and VoSIP infrastructures are used to securely transmit voice and data communications over IP networks, they differ greatly in security, flexibility, usability and interoperability.

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While both SVoIP and VoSIP infrastructures are used to securely transmit voice and data communications over IP networks, they differ greatly in security, flexibility, usability and interoperability.

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Encryption in an SVoIP solution is embedded into the end user device, protecting data at all times. Conversely, in VoSIP infrastructures, encryption occurs at the network level, exposing data between the network and the end user device.

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Encryption in an SVoIP solution is embedded into the end user device, protecting data at all times. Conversely, in VoSIP infrastructures, encryption occurs at the network level, exposing data between the network and the end user device.

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In a VoSIP infrastructure, where a commercial phone is connected to a secure network, all communications are limited to the security level of the network and communication is limited to devices connected on that closed, secure network. SVoIP solutions are network agnostic and can be used to communicate over multiple (secure of unsecure) networks and secure calls classified TS and Below, making SVoIP infrastructures more flexible than VoSIP infrastructures.

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In a VoSIP infrastructure, where a commercial phone is connected to a secure network, all communications are limited to the security level of the network and communication is limited to devices connected on that closed, secure network. SVoIP solutions are network agnostic and can be used to communicate over multiple (secure of unsecure) networks and secure calls classified TS and Below, making SVoIP infrastructures more flexible than VoSIP infrastructures.

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In SVoIP solutions, the end user device can be managed within any network (e.g. using GEM® One Software). Conversely in VoSIP solutions, the end user device can only be managed within the red (secure) network.

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In SVoIP solutions, the end user device can be managed within any network (e.g. using GEM® One Software). Conversely in VoSIP solutions, the end user device can only be managed within the red (secure) network.

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VoSIP architectures are highly complex, with typical implementations requiring additional, independent phones and networks for classified and unclassified communications. SVoIP architectures are much simpler by comparison, requiring only one single desktop phone for both secure and non-secure calls, eliminating the need for multiple phones and network equipment.

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VoSIP architectures are highly complex, with typical implementations requiring additional, independent phones and networks for classified and unclassified communications. SVoIP architectures are much simpler by comparison, requiring only one single desktop phone for both secure and non-secure calls, eliminating the need for multiple phones and network equipment.

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Secure Communication Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) is an application layer encryption protocol developed by NSA to ensure users can send and receive voice and data communications securely from end-to-end, regardless of device manufacturer. Government-approved secure phones used for SVoIP implementations must be SCIP compliant. Commercials IP phones are not SCIP compliant and therefore cannot securely interoperate with SCIP-compliant devices.

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Secure Communication Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) is an application layer encryption protocol developed by NSA to ensure users can send and receive voice and data communications securely from end-to-end, regardless of device manufacturer. Government-approved secure phones used for SVoIP implementations must be SCIP compliant. Commercials IP phones are not SCIP compliant and therefore cannot securely interoperate with SCIP-compliant devices.

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A government approved SVoIP phone enables TS/SCI communications over a network secured at lower levels (secret or SBU) because of end-to-end embedded encryption. This is ideal for applications that have a need for Top Secret protection or operate in high risk environments which require the need for end-to-end encryption.

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A government approved SVoIP phone enables TS/SCI communications over a network secured at lower levels (secret or SBU) because of end-to-end embedded encryption. This is ideal for applications that have a need for Top Secret protection or operate in high risk environments which require the need for end-to-end encryption.

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The Sectéra® vIPer™ Universal Secure Phone is an NSA certified, SCIP compliant secure voice solution designed to support both SVoIP and VoSIP network designs as well as legacy PSTN/analog voice systems. Since the security is built directly into the phone itself, the vIPer can provide enhanced security beyond a VoSIP network’s classification. If on a Secret VoSIP network, the Sectéra vIPer phone enables users to enhance the security level to transmit voice and data classified up to TS/SCI. Similarly, if the vIPer resides on an unclassified SVoIP network, the user still has the ability to make secure calls up to the TS/SCI level, but can also make unsecured, clear calls. This demonstrates the flexibility vIPer provides, enabling users to eliminate multiple desktop phones and use the Sectéra vIPer Universal Secure Phone for all their voice needs.

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The Sectéra® vIPer™ Universal Secure Phone is an NSA certified, SCIP compliant secure voice solution designed to support both SVoIP and VoSIP network designs as well as legacy PSTN/analog voice systems. Since the security is built directly into the phone itself, the vIPer can provide enhanced security beyond a VoSIP network’s classification. If on a Secret VoSIP network, the Sectéra vIPer phone enables users to enhance the security level to transmit voice and data classified up to TS/SCI. Similarly, if the vIPer resides on an unclassified SVoIP network, the user still has the ability to make secure calls up to the TS/SCI level, but can also make unsecured, clear calls. This demonstrates the flexibility vIPer provides, enabling users to eliminate multiple desktop phones and use the Sectéra vIPer Universal Secure Phone for all their voice needs.

Not quite. The correct answer is B, SVoIP using NSA’s SCIP protocol.
SVoIP using NSA’s SCIP protocol enables products to seamlessly talk between all other SVoIP phones similarly keyed. In addition, products like the Sectéra vIPer Universal Secure Phone enables the consolidation of missions on a single phone.

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SVoIP using NSA’s SCIP protocol enables products to seamlessly talk between all other SVoIP phones similarly keyed. In addition, products like the Sectéra vIPer Universal Secure Phone enables the consolidation of missions on a single phone.

Not quite. The correct answer is B, SVoIP using NSA’s SCIP protocol.
SVoIP using NSA’s SCIP protocol enables products to seamlessly talk between all other SVoIP phones similarly keyed. In addition, products like the Sectéra vIPer Universal Secure Phone enables the consolidation of missions on a single phone.

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