Silicon.com has an interesting article on the precautions that need to be taken when introducing Skype into the enterprise environment and whether it even should be introduced at all.
Ross Armstrong, a senior analyst at Info-Tech Research, stated that the most important thing was to raise awareness to the issue:
“The real message is not to ban Skype flat-out but if you are going to consider its use, then rein it in or lock it down, the same as you would with IM.”
Armstrong likened the VoIP app’s rise in businesses to instant messaging. “IM snuck in through the back door… and wasn’t managed centrally by IT,” he said. “Any rogue item like that always presents vulnerabilities [in an enterprise] whether or not the technology itself has vulnerabilities.”
Skype’s security holes may not threaten businesses more than those in IM or email, Armstrong explained, “but because Skype is new, the vulnerabilities might not be as well known”.