On Wednesday 27 February a live study of the wireless security networks operating in Zurich is set to prove that a large number of organisations are leaving their Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) wide open to security breaches from hackers. The results of the study will be uncovered at EEMA’s ‘It’s A Wireless World!’ workshop in Zurich on the following two days.
The survey, to be conducted for EEMA’s workshop by Orthus, the information security solutions provider, will follow the format of similar studies carried out by the company in London, Milan, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam, all of which have proven that the frequencies, physical location and ownership of an organisation’s WLAN can easily be determined from the emanations on the streets.
“Although wireless communication systems are not new, they are currently experiencing a massive surge in popularity because of their operational flexibility regarding the ‘hot-desking’ requirements of the workforce and the accessing of system information from portable laptops, pocket computers, electronic notebooks and PDAs” commented the chair of EEMA’s wireless work group, Rick Chandler. “The fact that a hacker can sit in a car outside an office and easily monitor and capture data as it travels over the wireless system as if he were an authorized user has to be of great concern” he continued.
The aims of the study in Zurich are firstly to find out the number of systems emanating leaking transmissions, secondly to see whether or not the organisations involved are identifiable, and thirdly to establish what percentage of systems are using encryption devices.
“The results of our studies of WLAN emanations in five European countries to date are both fascinating and frightening”, said Richard Hollis, CEO at Orthus. “An incredible number of the wireless networks uncovered in our studies so far were using no encryption device for their data packets, and those using established WEP encryption were still vulnerable to brute force cracking. However, the purpose of our work in this area is not to hunt down targets, but to quantify the extent of the problem, raise awareness and work with people like EEMA to suggest a way forward” he continued.
Many WLAN security problems can be overcome by implementing the network in the correct way and EEMA has compiled a ‘Best Practice’ guide for organisations wishing to do this, which will be discussed at the workshop.
As well as presenting the results of the study carried out in Zurich and the five other European countries, the EEMA Workshop will also explore other new technologies that will provide support for the mobile employee such as a local Bluetooth connection, cellular phone network, or satellite, and will examine the business and cultural issues that surround the adoption of wire-free operations.
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About Orthus – http://www.orthus.com
Orthus Ltd. is an information security solutions provider offering European businesses solutions for securing their digital information. With offices in London and Milan, Orthus is staffed with highly trained, seasoned information and communication technology security professionals experienced in designing, installing and maintaining creative and effective information security solutions.
Orthus are strong believers in knowledge transfer. Their approach is to openly share their experiences of proven security software, hardware, practices and principles with all of their clients and to work in partnership with them to achieve the best and most effective results.
For more information about Orthus Ltd. contact: Orthus at 11-15 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H (BP, London, UK, telephone: +44 (0) 207 470 8711 (office) and +44 (0) 207 379 0801 (fax) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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