The move to WiFi networks had a profound impact on IT organizations and end users alike. When organizations began to leverage WiFi, they found that it created a good deal of flexibility for users to work wherever they wanted within an organization’s campus. From that shift, many additional benefits became apparent. There were increases in agility, productivity, and morale. Users were no longer forced into working from their desk or conference rooms where network drops resided. But, WiFi has always presented a security risk. So, this post aims to provide the best practices for WiFi security.
Why WiFi Security Matters
Many IT admins will counter that key servers and applications are moving to the cloud, so there is nothing of value on the wireless network. This sentiment belies a simple truth. Your end users’ systems are on the WiFi network. If a hacker can directly access your users’ systems, they have a chance to break through to other IT resources. Even with key applications and pieces of infrastructure moving to the cloud, the system is still the gateway to the IT resources your users utilize daily. For that reason and more, we will now provide you with some best practices.
Four Best Practices for WiFi Security
For years now, a lax approach to WiFi security has been the norm. But, with modern innovations and knowledge, there is no longer any reason not to employ the best practices in WiFi security.
It is always better to fix your security weaknesses before they’re exposed, not after. With that in mind, here are the key steps to significantly step up your WiFi security.
Choose a Wise SSID Name
Make sure that your SSID doesn’t call attention to your organization. Sounds simple enough, but organizations make their networks known to attackers all the time. And, when the organization is in a densely populated area, that just increases the chances of getting hacked even more. Even with an innocuous SSID, hackers can, and probably will, keep looking for your WiFi network—and they just may find it. But, having an innocuous name does add to (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Rajat Bhargava. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/best-practices-for-wifi-security/