A Framework for Enterprise-Wide Wi-Fi Network Access Security Management.

Corporate wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks are at risk from internal and external roaming users who may gain access, either intentionally or unintentionally, subjecting corporations to economic costs, security risks, and legal liability for both the activities of unauthorized roaming users and for violating legally required security. As a result, wireless network security must explicitly be considered enterprise-wide in reengineering business processes and employee responsibilities. This paper addresses the necessity to formulate an enterprisewide Wi-Fi network access security management plan. We first consider the growth of wireless hotspots and the security risks to which they are subject. The benefits of Wi-Fi connectivity are then discussed. The critical responsibility for corporations operating in industry sectors regulated by security provisions in laws is addressed. To understand the sources of wireless security threats, we present our typology of roaming users and identify the risks they present. We then provide recommendations to corporations for formulating a Wi-Fi network access security management plan. Roaming use is a concern for corporations across the world, requiring national policies, and ultimately a global solution.

Main Author: Sipior, Janice.
Other Authors: Ward, Burke., Volonino, Linda.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2007
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