Wireless is incredibly convenient
But it can also pose a serious threat to your environments security. Just as it is easier for your customers, employees, and legitimate users to access your network via wireless technologies, it also makes it easier for hackers to get on your network as well.
Consumer grade Wi-Fi technology implemented in your business can pose serious threats to the enterprise. Most all wireless technologies can be broken into easily with free software such as Backtrack/Aerocrack/etc., Gerix Wi-Fi Cracker, and many other programs. The hackers that can be at your doorstep from vulnerabilities in wireless technologies aren’t the best hackers out thereit could be anyone.
Aside from breaking into your network, there are other threats that can be just as serious. Companies such as PwnyExpress (http://pwnieexpress.com/) and Hak 5s Wi-Fi Pineapple (http://hakshop.myshopify.com/products/wifi-pineapple) are innocuous and cheap devices that can exploit wireless clients and trick them into giving up valuable information about your wireless infrastructure from clients; masquerade as legitimate access points; strip network traffic and many other malicious functions.
- Does your business offer wireless to non-trusted individuals such as guests or customers?
- Does your current wireless setup use a passphrase based system such as WEP or WPA2?
- Is the wireless access point at your organization segmented from the rest of your network?
- Does the wireless access at your organization have built in security features that are configured?
- Can users be tracked, audited, and logged through your current wireless solution?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, its time for a change. Protect your business with advanced wireless technologies such as RADIUS authentication and with trusted vendors such as Aerohive and JuniperJCMR Partner Companies.
Media Link: JCMR Employee and former UNCC Student, Zack Mayo, explaining wireless security issues and hacking into a mock wireless network
About the Author
Mr. Jake Kent is an Entrepreneur & Business Owner specializing in Information Technology. Jake has founded eight companies, to include Information Technology Consulting & Delivery, Investment Real Estate and Community Banking. Jake brings vision, leadership and a strong work ethic to the CEO role. He leads by example, possessing remarkable skills, experience and expertise across business strategy, operations, financial management and sales & marketing. Jake is a founder of the Matthew-Mint Hill Optimist Club and a Board Member of the Ballantyne IT Professionals Non-profit. Read More..