With more enterprises deploying wireless LANs and employee-owned WiFi devices flooding enterprises, wireless LAN forensics is becoming a key component of any network forensic audit — whether to prove compliance with a regulation such as PCI DSS or in response to a security incidence. But wireless presents unique challenges to forensic audits.
Last month, at RSA 2010 conference in San Francisco, I had the oppourtunity to discuss this issue with experienced auditor and certified PCI QSA Jim Cowing. Here you can view the video recording of an abridged version of our RSA 2010 talk “Anatomy of a Forensic Audit: How Wireless Changes the Game.”
Let me summarize the highlights from the talk: Read more…
We often hear that WiFi network performance degrades due to radio interference. We also hear that interference is a complex beast which cannot be easily tamed. There are two types of interference sources which affect WiFi network performance – non-WiFi sources and WiFi sources. This post provides a guide to some practical steps to combat often cited non-WiFi interference sources such as microwave oven, Bluetooth, baby monitors, cordless phones, wireless cameras and jammers. The WiFi interference sources will be discussed in later post.
Overall, some awareness of environment around WiFi network coupled with some simple network planning steps can help win over non-WiFi interference to great extent. Additionally, ability to detect high interference levels on WiFi channels helps detect “unmanaged” sources of interference such as jammer or any unknown source. Many WLAN and wireless security systems today have ability to monitor interference levels on channels on 24×7 basis to facilitate such detection.
Wireless PCI Compliance in just 5 Minutes
This new product video from AirTight Networks shows how easy it is to automate your wireless PCI vulnerability scanning. AirTight SpectraGuard Online can be configured and running in as little as 5 minutes and 3 easy steps. AirTight eliminates the need to send staff to remote locations with a mobile analyzer to conduct the routine PCI scan for rogue APs. IT professionals should find this refreshing.
Watch AirTight’s wireless PCI scanning video
PCI, Wireless security