7 WI-FI DATA SECURITY THREATS TO SMBS

Posted by: admin on November 30, 2016

Hackers want your data.

As workers are increasingly on the go and connecting their laptops, smartphones, and tablets via wireless, your information is increasingly at risk. Think about all of the places you can connect to company data today:

  • In the mall while watching your kids on the playground
  • At Starbucks as you finish and send a report
  • In the hotel lobby or a conference room
  • Waiting in the doctor’s office
  • Vehicles are becoming Wi-Fi connection points
  • As workers try to keep up with their workload while on the move, Wi-Fi hotspots can expose your information to hacking.

Here is a list of wireless network security threats.

Wi-Fi Password Cracking: Wireless access points that still use older security protocols, like WEP, are easy targets because those passwords are notoriously easy to crack.

Rogue Hotspots: Nothing physically prevents a cyber-criminal from enabling a foreign access point near a hotspot with a matching SSID, which invites customers to log in. Users that fall victim to the rogue AP are susceptible to malicious code, which often goes unnoticed.

Planting Malware: Customers that join a guest wireless network are susceptible to unknow­ingly walking out with unwanted malware, delivered from bad-intentioned neighboring users. A common tactic used by hackers is to plant a backdoor on the network, which allows them to return at a later date to steal sensitive data.

Eavesdropping: Guests run the risk of having their private communications intercepted, or packet sniffed, by cyber snoops while on an unprotected wireless network.

Data Theft: Joining a wireless network puts users at risk of losing private documents that may contain highly sensitive information to cyber thieves who opportunistically intercept data being sent through the network.

Inappropriate and Illegal Usage: Businesses offering guest Wi-Fi risk playing host to a wide variety of illegal and potentially harmful communications. Adult or extremist content can be offensive to neighboring customers, and illegal downloads can leave the business susceptible to lawsuits.

Bad Neighbors: As the number of wireless users on the network grows, so does the risk of a pre-infected device entering the network. Mobile attacks, such as Android’s Stagefright, can spread from guest to guest, even if “victim zero” is oblivious to the outbreak.

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