Securing your wireless network


Wireless local area networks (WLANs) are convenient, cheap and easy to install. They allow for mobility around the office and deliver great flexibility. However, all WLANs potentially have major flaws and weaknesses.

Due to the nature of wireless networks, common threats include the denial of service attacks, spoofing and session hijacking. Eavesdropping is also a concern - others 'listening in' on your business activities and using this information against you, eg to undercut your prices.

Unless you set up suitable security measures, your corporate WLAN may be insecure. It may even compromise your business. To protect it, it is important to set up your network and WLAN components correctly and use the appropriate standards.

This guide will help you to follow WLAN security best practices. It highlights the potential WLAN security issues that may affect your business and describes practical steps you can follow to improve your network security.