Wireless LAN Security — if you own a business, manage a business, are responsible for operations or your company’s IT infrastructure — you better be interested in Wireless LAN Security. Aside from the many legal compliance issues, a serious breach of your wireless LAN could cripple your business.
How are wireless LAN’s compromised? Unfortunately, the crooks have many ways to breach your LAN. Basically, most compromises result from a vulnerability being exposed…such as continued use of outdated equipment, weak security protocol choices, intentionally unencrypted guest networks, and configuration mistakes.
What to do? Enterprises must ensure that vulnerability management and intrusion prevention processes are extended to cover wireless and wired networks. WLAN security monitoring in the form of wireless intrusion prevention systems (WIPSs) is required to ensure that:
- WLAN performance is not impeded by interference or denial-of-service attacks
- WLAN traffic is kept private and secure
- Users are prevented from installing unauthorized WLANs
- Unsupported/unauthorized WLAN technologies are barred from operation.
We happen to agree with a recent Gartner Group assessment of Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems which came to the conclusion that the AirDefense solution was the most comprehensive available.
Your next step? If you have an existing wireless network, call TPI for a Wireless Security Audit. If you’re planning a new wireless network deployment, let’s get it right the first time and build in the appropriate security and intrusion detection.
For more information about Wireless Security, Advanced Intrusion Detection and the Motorola Air Defense solution, click here.