It has become common practice to deploy wireless networks for convenience applications requiring users to be mobile. Also many “road warriors" have Wi-Fi accounts that let them access the Internet and the corporate network from remote locations. Furthermore, many deploy Wi-Fi at home to avoid the difficulties of wiring the home. But because wireless networks operate by broadcasting a radio signal between nodes, they are especially vulnerable to hackers and abuse.
Wired equivalent privacy (WEP) has been used in the past to secure wireless LANs. However, WEP has significant weaknesses, most notably that it uses encryption keys that are both static and known by stations across the network, and it uses a weak implementation of the encryption algorithm. Thus, it is important that wireless networks be protected by the new generation of security features now available.
Advanced Wireless Security Features
IT personnel have a number of available options to make their wireless networks more secure than they are using WEP:
Products are now being offered which make available commercial implementations of new standards in wireless network security. Complications can arise when trying to integrate new equipment and standards with legacy systems, but in many cases vendors have accommodated such deployment scenarios. With these new products and the standards they implement, your wireless network can be at least as secure as your wire-based network.
About Jonathan Coupal:
Jonathan Coupal is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of ITX Corp. Mr. Coupal manages both the day-to-day and strategic operations of the Technology Integration Practice Group. Among Mr. Coupal’s greatest strengths are evaluating customers’ unique problems, developing innovative, cost effective solutions and providing a “best practice" implementation methodology. Mr. Coupal’s extensive knowledge and experience enables him to fully analyze client systems to recommend the most effective technologies and solutions that will both optimize their business processes and fulfill immediate and future goals. Mr. Coupal and his team build a high level of trust with clients, establishing ITX as their IT partner of choice. Mr. Coupal holds certifications with Microsoft and CompTia, including MCSE, MCSA, Security+, Linux+ and i-Net+, and served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the development of the CompTia Linux+.
About ITX Corp:
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