Feeds

London Wi-Fi security better (but still not great)

Leakage risks

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

London businesses are improving the security of their wireless networks, but drive-by hacking and information leakage still remains a real concern in the capital.

One in four (25 per cent) of London's Wi-Fi networks are still fundamentally insecure, according to the results of RSA Security's third annual WLAN security survey out today.

Security has improved dramatically with only 34 per cent of 1078 access points surveyed lacking WEP encryption, compared to 63 per cent in 2002. Of these WEP-absent access points, some employ VPN protection while others have MAC Address Screening (802.1X), or other undetectable security methods.

But that still leaves an estimated one in four access points which fail to meet best practice security guidelines. RSA Security reckons these businesses are often at risk simply because they are failing to reconfigure default network settings.

The survey also found the number of wireless networks in London had more than trebled over the past year.

The research, commissioned by RSA Security, and undertaken by independent information security specialist CISSP, quantifies the extent to which companies' wireless networks in London leak data traffic into the street, providing potential access to hackers from their cars or nearby buildings. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.