The amount of major breaches occurring in the enterprise world is astonishing. In 2015, 707 million data records were breached (Softpedia). In 2017, the Equifax breach alone has been estimated to compromise the personal information of 143 million people – nearly half the US population (CNET). This trend has IT admins on high alert.
One major element of security that needs to be taken seriously is network security. Ensuring that your network is not being accessed by the wrong people is critical and it all hinges on the method used for WiFi authentication. The standard procedure is to leverage a shared SSID and passphrase for all users to authenticate on to the WiFi network. But this method has inherent security flaws and makes it difficult for IT to stay on top of access control. The shortcomings of this setup – not to mention the recent KRACK vulnerability – has IT admins searching for a stronger mechanism to lock down their WiFi networks. Fortunately, a new cloud RADIUS approach is providing a managed WiFi authentication platform that can step-up security and improve efficiency for admins.
Why Better WiFi Security is Needed
WiFi networks have historically been viewed as insecure. From the early days of weak encryption, to open source WiFi hacking tools, and now to large scale WPA2 vulnerabilities such as KRACK. IT organizations have been forced to deal with WiFi security challenges for as long as WiFi networks have existed.
As mentioned, modern IT organizations are often still using a single SSID and passphrase to authenticate users to their WiFi network. The problems with this method are many. Employees are always coming and going, guests join the network when in the office, and contractors or temporary employees are more common than ever. It quickly becomes impossible to keep track of exactly who has access. This means admins need to constantly change the passphrase to the network, creating a pain point for both the IT admin and the end user. In this setup, a WiFi network is a high risk proposition for IT admins.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/managed-wifi-authentication/