Wi-Fi Experiment Shows Security Lacking

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge contributor Ralph DeFrangesco is on vacation, but that hasn't stopped him from pondering wireless security from the comfort of his hotel room. Seeking an Internet connection, DeFrangesco searched for all the available wireless networks and decided to see how secure these connections were. The result - he was able to access several password-protected sites without much difficulty. He didn't wander too far, though, into any of these networks since he was accessing them withouth authorization.

 

"We need to look at the security repercussions of an open network and not using wireless technology securely. Letting anyone enter a network to surf unrestricted is a security nightmare just waiting to happen -- for both the provider and the users. And IT departments don't have to worry that they're repeating themselves too much when they advise users of the dangers of Wi-Fi. Even some of the most careful users can still be vulnerable..."

 

Here are some Knowledge Network tools that address wireless security.

 

Using Wireless Technology Securely

Wireless Security Access Policy

User's Guide to Securing External Devices for Telework and Remote Access



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