Rogue WiFi access points can cost you a great deal of money

by | Apr/6/2011

During a recent IT and physical security audit, we found three wireless access points within a facility that were both:

  1. Insecure providing wide open access to whoever wanted to attach and
  2. unknown to the IT professionals at the facility.

There are many problems with WiFi security.

I’ve discovered access points that were set up by a previous IT professional that new IT professionals had no idea existed. Sometimes, when large new equipment is purchased, the installers set up WiFi access points without notifying your IT professionals. Once I even encountered a WiFi access point that an employee set up under their desk so they didn’t have to look at “that ugly blue Ethernet cable!”

Beware of unknown data leaks to the outside world.

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