ITC S2, E12 - How Do I Protect My Company's Wireless Network in a High Traffic Area?

ITC S2, E12 - How Do I Protect My Company's Wireless Network in a High Traffic Area?
Aaron Swann - Virtual CIO, InfoSystems
Danika Veldkamp - Marketing Communications Manager, InfoSystems

In this episode, Aaron and Danika discuss a question from a listener - "How do I protect my company's wireless network in a high traffic area?" Many companies are surrounded or nearby busy streets, other businesses, and housing. This means your wireless network is being seen hundreds of times each day by complete strangers. Whether you are headquartered in a large city like Charlotte, NC or a small town in Georgia, your company should take precautions to keep your wireless network safe.

When it comes to protecting your company's wireless network, there are steps you should and shouldn't be taking. Here are a few simple steps you can take:
1. Utilize WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) - This is the most current data protection and network access control providing access to authorized users only.
2. Don't use identifying information for your passkey - Your company's name, address, or phone number should never be used as passkeys to your wireless network. Instead, focus on longer, combination passwords that are not sensible and include letters and special characters.
3. Allow guest access on a separate, controlled network only (i.e. Hospitals and Airports) Here are a few steps you should refrain or cease from doing immediately:
1. Using WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) - This is a poor encryption strategy and can easily be broken
2. Give out your wireless password to employees and visitors

Listen to the full episode for an in-depth view into each of the above steps and much more.

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