Wireless networks, specifically 802.11, are gaining popularity as a result of their lower cost, ease of deployment, and flexibility when compared with conventional wired networks. However, this new technology brings with it a set of unique security risks which many organisations fail to consider.
Wireless networks use radio signals to carry network traffic, and are vulnerable to eavesdropping by anyone with a PC and wireless network card. If they are not properly protected, the emitted signals can be intercepted kilometres away.
Most wireless access points are designed with ease of use in mind, rather than security. Although security features are usually available, these are commonly disabled by default. Integrating wireless into your existing network requires expertise to ensure you are not exposing your organisation to new security threats.
Even if your company’s IT department hasn’t chosen to deploy wireless technology, can you be sure none of your employees have? Wireless that has not been properly secured can render your existing wired security measures such as firewalls ineffective.
The only way to ensure that your organisation is not exposed to wireless security threats is to perform routine audits covering all the major spectrums.
Wireless Security Services
- Test for the presence of wireless access points - As mandated by PCI Requirement 11.1
- Wireless Site Survey
- Secure Wireless Design and Implementation
- Wireless Security Assessment, Review, Audit
- Wireless Penetration Testing