Wire-Side Containment – Hidden Gem of Rogue Access Point Protection

Wire-Side Containment - the Hidden Gem of Rogue Access Point Protection | by Hemant Chaskar via Airtight blog

The FCC’s decision to fine Marriott Hotels for unscrupulous Wi-Fi containment practices has set off numerous debates around the use of unlicensed spectrum. Many in the WLAN community have posted their interpretation of the decision and recommended best practices moving forward (see references below). Twitter debates have abounded as well. These parleys have focused on topics ranging from performance, to security, and monetization.
That being said, in the domain of security and PCI compliance, there is one Wi-Fi containment feature that hasn’t been mentioned, but deserves a shout-out as it is still very effective and virtually unperturbed by these events. It is called “wire-side containment”.   Read more

Forbes – “Stores are finally turning to WiFi” but is security lacking?

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Really interesting article in Forbes by Verne Kopytoff on the reasons retailers have recognized the value of Wi-Fi for their customers and business processes. He notes that after years of resistance, stores have conceded that the shoppers have won the war. They want Wi-Fi and they will use their smartphones to check out deals. There… Read More

Don’t let BYOD turn into “BYOR” in your network

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) seems to be the dominant theme for 2012 in the Wi-Fi infrastructure and security space. As people increasingly bring in personal smartphone devices on the enterprise premises, the network/security administrators are grappling with the security implications. Given how engaging the new smartphone and tablet apps are, conflict arises between the users’… Read More

AirTight satisfies PCI wireless scanning requirement in under 5 minutes

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… Read More

Cost Stifles PCI DSS Compliance, Many Perceive Wireless as Top Threat: New Survey Finds

An interesting survey on PCI DSS compliance was recently published by the Ponemon Institute.  There are many interesting findings in the survey some of which I summarize here. One thing that strongly comes out is that though PCI DSS compliance is perceived as contributing to an organization’s security posture, cost factors are pestering. 60% of the… Read More