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Report reveals shortfall of wireless security measures

Enterprise IT managers believe that wireless networks require more security than wired networks in order to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of corporate data.


May 1, 2004  


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Enterprise IT managers believe that wireless networks require more security than wired networks in order to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of corporate data.

Still, only 55% have added a security product to address the problem, according to a survey conducted by Survey.com, and sponsored by wireless security vendor Fortress Technologies Inc.

While wireless has infiltrated more than 75% of the largest financial services, healthcare and manufacturing organizations, IT managers and senior IT executives still believe that security and lack of tangible ROI inhibit the buy-in, usage and deployment of wireless local area networks for line-of-business applications.

The majority of organizations surveyed said they have critical business applications on networks that now have some wireless exposure.

An overwhelming 94% acknowledged that these applications contain data that, if compromised, could materially impact the business or brand. Given the urgency around protecting this data, most said that the quality of mass market security products does not meet their high-assurance privacy needs.

This feeling was most pervasive in the financial services and manufacturing industries.

Most report that they are taking steps to detect, monitor and control enterprise wireless use and the majority of organizations have adopted policies to regulate wireless and mitigate risk –most notably financial services IT managers — with 90% reporting that corporate policies are in place today.

The report states that at the other end of the spectrum, 20% of respondents have banned entirely the use of wireless in the enterprise and 28% prohibited the use of wireless at employees’ homes when connected to the company LAN.


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