|TWO IMMEDIATE THREATS TO YOUR NETWORK
At NetClarity, we strive to keep our eyes and ears open not just to the industry “best practices,” but the industry’s “actual practices,” when it comes to information security. We have found that in many cases, end users assume that the security features of their WLAN architecture – the entry point for many employee-owned mobile devices (BYOD) – is a sufficient level of security in a BYOD environment. This is a dangerous assumption in most cases, and most are unaware of the threats facing them this very moment: 1) Many wireless deployments have critical weaknesses that enable an untrusted user, or attacker to gain access to your network – even if the latest WPA2 encryption is used. 2) Trusted employees can utilize known WLAN credentials and apply them to their personal devices – devices, which are unmanaged by the organization and pose a security risk as a result. Unmanaged devices are likely to be more susceptible to malware, which effectively tears down the walls of perimeter security devices like firewalls, since the attackers are effectively brought inside the organization. Untrusted devices pose such a serious risk today that 51% of business networks were breached due to employees using their personal devices1.
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