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Firms Take Different WLAN Security Routes

Frost & Sullivan analyst Michael Wall said that awareness of security issues is improving among those people who need security, and the biggest remaining danger is in unauthorized WLAN access points installed by users. Businesses are adopting wireless networks swiftly, but are taking a selective approach to security, according to a survey at last month’s WLAN Event in London. Only 50 percent of the WLANs owned by visitors to the show have password protection, but analysts argued that this and other findings may actually show that the subtleties of WLAN security are becoming better understood. “The fact that people aren’t using password protection is not the end of the world,” said Michael Wall of analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. “It depends what you can do when you are on the network. A stand-alone WLAN used for browsing the net may not need password protection.” The survey of 300 chief executives, managing directors and IT managers was carried out by network security company Orthus. Nearly 60 percent had wireless networks already, and all the rest planned to implement them in the coming year. Fifty-three percent of the companies with wireless LANs had more than 100 WLAN users. Full Story

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