Just like locking doors and installing security cameras are no longer enough to keep your premises safe, a wireless network’s default security is not enough to keep your business safe. Wi-Fi is the most popular and widely used wireless network which presents its own set of cybersecurity concerns. But just as you have a security system for your physical building, there are ways to protect your digital assets against potential breaches, from setting your network passwords to installing a private in-building wireless system or setting up Virtual Private Networks (VPN) for your remote workers.
Why is Wi-Fi Risky for Your Business?
Wi-Fi networks are notorious for providing easy access points for threat actors to enter and hijack business data. There are six known Wi-Fi threats:
Rogue Access Point Allows attackers to bypass perimeter security. Hackers can easily plug into easy access points from a wire closet within the network’s perimeter. Once connected, all data transferred becomes fair game. Attention retail store owners! Hackers can now hijack POS systems to reveal credit card numbers.
“Evil Twin” Access Point Lures users to connect to it to spy on traffic, steal data and infect systems. When your employee logs into an online shopping site while working remotely, hackers can trick them into connecting to their SSID. Once connected the hacker has access to all the data shared.
Rogue Client Delivers malware payloads to the network after connecting to malicious access points. Phones and mobile devices remember wireless networks they have connected to in the past. Your employee could be bringing malware back to your office or its network after he has been connected to an unsecure network. His device then becomes a rogue client.
Neighbour Access Point Risks infection from connecting to other SSIDs while in range of an authorized access point. Connecting to an unsecured network at a coffee shop seems painless, but a hacker is just waiting for you to connect to Wi-Fi and get to work on accessing your network.
Ad-hoc Network Uses peer-to-peer connections to evade security controls and drop malware. Sending files via AirDrop or AirDroid creates security and legal implications that could affect your organization.
Misconfigured Access Point Configuration errors can expose critical business data to attack. Faulty networks increase the risk of leaking private company data
these threats are not new and have been around since Wi-Fi went mainstream 20 years ago. However, they have become more pronounced after the recent pandemic forced companies to go remote. The threats are a reality of the fundamental nature of Wi-Fi:Anyone with a Wi-Fi access point, router, or smartphone can choose whatever SSID network name they’d like to broadcast. This means anyone can use these attack vectors to steal passwords, access files from various cloud storage accounts, intercept emails, install malware that monitors the camera and microphone inside your smartphone. When the same compromised device is used to connect to the company database, the consequences can be fatal.
How Remote Workers can Practice Safe Wireless Activity.
Set Up a VPN For Remote Workers A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows remote workers to connect securely to the company network even when they’re away from the office. VPNs encrypt transmissions at the start and endpoints and keep out unidentified traffic.
Update Public Usage Terms In public settings, malicious actors can gain sensitive information simply by looking at an unfiltered screen or stealing a device. Coach remote employees to be aware of their surroundings, and to remain discreet with the information viewed or accessed while in public.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi If a company cannot set up a VPN, most mobile carriers provide the option to set up a private mobile "hotspot" through a smartphone that can support a laptop to avoid using public Wi-Fi altogether.
Use HTTPS-enabled websites These websites block intrusive agents—whether benign or malicious—from tampering with the connection between websites and user browsers to acquire personal information. Switching from Wi-Fi to a private in-building wireless connection can help protect the company’s central network. Establishing secure options for remote workers further defends a business in the face of potential hacking and unauthorized access. Wireless network security measures will help preserve and protect not only company data but the vital client and financial information as well.
It is evident that internet access over Wi-Fi is not only precarious but can have a detrimental impact on a company if critical data falls on the hands of a threat actor looking to exploit it. What businesses need today is a Wi-Fi that secures their wireless environment 24/7/365 while providing the scalability, performance, and productivity to drive the best ROI for their business.
Our mobile security action plan will help you in building Wi-Fi security standards to protect everyone from these six known Wi-Fi threat categories.
At CSG Technologies, we are dedicated to increasing the availability of secure, high-performance wireless connections that is built on a trusted wireless environment, so you do not have to worry about their data being compromised.