I know that there have been reported weaknesses in Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). For those of us who have legacy hardware that doesn't support WPA2, how urgent is it to consider new hardware?
If your wireless networking hardware doesn't support Wi-Fi Protected Access (
) encryption, an upgrade is absolutely critical. The Wired Equivalent Privacy (
) standard has widespread, documented vulnerabilities, and it doesn't take an NSA-style supercomputer to exploit them. In fact, the Internet offers network-detector tools like Aircrack, which can easily break into WEP-encrypted networks. Someone sitting in a parking lot could crack your WEP encryption in minutes without ever entering your building.
What does this mean? If you're using WEP, your network and data are at significant risk. The best-case scenario...
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
is that you might have unauthorized individuals using your network and consuming your bandwidth. More nefarious individuals, however, might use your network for illegal activities: activities that would be traced back to your IP address range. Thieves might conduct corporate espionage, stealing your organization's private data as it flies around the wireless network.
The bottom line is that you should make the investment to upgrade your wireless gear to support WPA encryption. It's the responsible thing to do.
Not convinced? Executive editor Dennis Fisher explains why users should switch to the more secure Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2).
Learn how malicious hackers exploited Wi-Fi weaknesses to access 45.7 million credit and debit card holders' information.
This Content Component encountered an error
Web application firewalls may be a way to better security, but organizations need to be aware of the compliance implications of WAFs.continue reading
An SEC report shows over three-quarters of financial institutions were subject to at least one cybersecurity attack. Expert Mike Chapple looks at ...continue reading
The Data Accountability and Trust Act is likely to become a law this year. Expert Mike Chapple advises organizations on how to prepare.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.