The year 2010 witnessed continued growth in the enterprise WiFi deployments. The growth was fueled by the latest 802.11n revision to WiFi technology in the late 2009 and ready availability of WiFi in most consumer electronic devices launched in 2010, including the smart phones, printers, scanners, cameras, tablets, TVs, etc. The year 2010 also witnessed popularity of the specialized WiFi centric devices, such as MiFi.
However, the year 2010 also has some major WiFi security revelations/incidents in its kitty, which re-emphasize the continued need for adoption of the best practices for secure Wi-Fi deployment/usage. Here is the run-down on significant WiFi insecurity events which we witnessed in 2010:
- Windows 7 virtual WiFi can turn a machine into a soft Rogue, which took Rogue AP thinking to a new level beyond the commercially available AP hardware.
- Insecurity exposed due to MiFi like devices after the WiFi malfunction was experienced at two major trade shows in 2010 due to these devices – the first one was Google’s first public demo of Google TV and second was iPhone 4 launch at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Though this manifested as performance problem, it did show how easy it had become to set up personal HoneyPot AP or Hotspot AP on enterprise premises. Read more…
Live Alerts helps system administrators to quickly identify the ongoing vulnerabilities and performance related issues in an enterprise Wi-Fi deployment.
Before Live Alerts, it was very difficult for an administrator to identify the ongoing threats from the list of reported threats/anomalies. However, with the introduction of Live Alerts, he can now easily distinguish and prioritize between ongoing and past threats/anomalies.
Realizing mobility advantages in businesses, Wi-Fi is increasingly being deployed in corporate premises. However, due to the nature of Wi-Fi technology, an administrator has to face certain security and performance challenges while managing the corporate Wi-Fi space.
Wi-Fi telephony is the upcoming technology that can be set up on existing enterprise Wi-Fi network and empowers enterprises with voice mobility benefits in an easy, scalable and cost-effective way.
Increased deployment of superior Wi-Fi networks to achieve wireless data access and increased adoption of VoIP technologies to make cost-effective calls has led the concept of Wi-Fi telephony to emerge in the recent years.
With Wi-Fi telephony in place, voice mobility can be achieved in an easy to use and inexpensive way. Voice mobility in general refers to flexibility for users to make telephone calls from any place within a premise. Enterprise premises empowered with voice mobility have more productive employees, increased employee convenience and improved business process resulting in faster decision making, increased responsiveness and greater overall productivity and efficiency. Read more…