Enterprises Neglect Wireless Security Measures
Jun 26, 2003, 12:00 AM
Jupiter Research, a division of Jupitermedia Corporation, announced on Thursday that only 28% of enterprises are using point-to-point user VPNs to secure their WLANs and only 29% are using 802.1X -- a subset of the new 802.11i standard expected to be ratified later this year. According to Jupiter Research's new report "802.11 Security: Who's Listening to your Wi-Fi?," only 48% of enterprises are using technical solutions to secure their networks from all known attacks today. "Many enterprises rely purely on 'off-the-shelf' solutions with basics such as WEP with either manual or automated rotation of keys, restricted SSID access or MAC-based device authentication," observed Jupiter Research Senior Analyst, Julie Ask. "Larger enterprises are more likely to rely on VPN's and 802.1x while enterprises of all sizes are equally likely to rely on WEP and restricted access available in most off-the-shelf products. Smaller enterprises are both less concerned about WLAN security and are taking fewer measures to ensure WLAN security," Ask continued.