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Fifty percent of Wi-Fi networks pose a security threat

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May 25, 2006

According to new reports released by both antivirus specialist Kaspersky Lab and RSA Security, grossly inadequate Wi-Fi Internet security is leaving many companies vulnerable to attacks. Conducted at the end of April, Kaspersky Lab's research reveals that 49 percent of Wi-Fi networks are very prone to attacks since they don't use data encryption in any way.

In London, England, Canary Wharf appeared one of the most secure areas, but the numbers for unencrypted wireless networks there was still pegged at about 40 percent.

"It's symptomatic of every emerging technology – security tends to [come after] functionality," said David Emm of Kaspersky Lab. "On the one hand protection of devices has got better over the years, but [IT managers] should be thinking in terms of encryption, so what's transmitted is secure."

Emm also advised firms to create unique passwords to ensure that corporate laptops connecting to the internet do not have their default Wi-Fi settings in place.

RSA's findings were slightly less grim for firms.

It found a lower figure - around a quarter of business networks - were open to attack.

RSA said the number of wireless hotspots in the capital rose by over 70 percent in the last year, and many companies face the danger of data theft and malware via their mobile devices.

Source: Vnunet

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