Traditionally, talking of wireless security in the enterprises we talked about embedded Centrio Wi-Fi, Linksys rogue APs, open source DoS tools, and compliance requirements (PCI, DoD, HIPAA). While these topics continue to be important today, the upcoming proliferation of the smart mobile devices is the new frontier for the enterprise wireless security to address. The inundation of smart mobile devices will result into new monitoring requirements, not hitherto discussed. These requirements would amount to ”stress test” for the WIPS and only the best of the breed can hold up. While the new monitoring requirements will be many and varied ranging from unauthorized BYOD to heightened rogue AP risk, in this post I wish to discuss some interesting and unique scenarios (numerous soft mobile hotspots, Nintendo chat blocking, wireless geo-fencing) I already encountered this year working with the customers.
Windows7 Virtual AP – Why is it a big deal now?
Ever since WiFi radios were available, there have been open source and priced software that allowed users to convert their client cards into APs. While these were available only on Linux based operating systems to start with; ‘Soft AP’ drivers and software has been available for most operating systems for at least a few years now. Also available were USB devices that operate as an AP. In addition; the WiFi interface could always have been put into ad-hoc mode, allowing other clients to connect to it, effectively creating the same vulnerability as a soft AP
So, why is soft AP suddenly a big deal when Windows7 provides this as a built in option in the OS? Read more…
Last week AirTight presented the first Webinar designed to educate network administrators and security professionals about the wireless risk introduced with Windows 7. The response was so overwhelming that we are presenting it live again on March 10. I guess we hit a nerve since AirMagnet is bringing up the rear now and presenting a Webinar on the subject. But if you want an in depth look at this topic and solid advice on protecting your network, join AirTight experts for a live encore presentation of our webinar:
Windows 7 – a New Enterprise Wireless Risk
When: Wednesday 10 March 2010, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
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