How to defend against the targeting of your business? June 3th, 2019
Wi-Fi has become astandard in our daily lives. While customers and employees wonder around on their smartphones or other wireless devices,youneed toallow them access on yourWi-Fi network. But what about the security risks that cantranspirewhen involving Wi-Fi?Have youever thoughtaboutthe danger that can be involved when a person connects their device to your wireless internet? If not,you should!Adding security to your wireless internet is a mustin orderto stop the chanceof information being stolen from your company.
Here are 4 Wi-Fi threats that could be targeting your business
In stores where customers have free access to Wi-Fi, it can be easy for the network administrators tounconsciouslymake a configurationmistake, such as making a private SSID open with noencryption. This canpotentially expose sensitive information to theinterception over the air. But how can this happen?Any time an access point is not set up correctly, for exampleleaving the settings on default.
Hackers can create a twin AP,which willimitate the legitimate AP,thus deceiving its SSIDand unique MAC address. Thehackercan thenintercept trafficand insert themselves into the data conversation between the victim and the serverswhileconnected to the twin AP.In other words, the attacker is then connected to your systems, andis able tosteal credentials,placemalicious codes into the browsers, redirectthe malware site, and so much more.
Another threatis a wireless AP that has been installed on a secure network without explicit authorization from the administrator, this is called a rogue AP.Rogue APs are connected to the authorized network, usually with an open SID, allowing the hackers to bypassyourperimeter security.
Arogue APis creating consequently more issues. Aclient previously connected to a rogue AP within the range of a private networkis considered a rogue client.This can have consequencesas the client will have no idea butas they connect to your wireless internet thevirus will inject into your systemand loadransom worms, malware or back doors onto the client.
One thing you should remember is to never compromise your security positionto achieve theperformance levels necessary to support your Wi-Fi environment’s speed, connection and client density.You do not want your employeesconnecting to a less secure Wi-Fi just to get faster internet.A high-performing wireless network not only keeps employeesconnected to the secure networks, but also keeps them operating at peak efficiency.
Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation.
Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.