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WiFi Makes BYOD Employees Unknowing Targets

Bring your own device (BYOD) is growing increasingly popular and, as such, businesses are investing in employee training on security best practices and taking steps to ensure workers are adhering to company policy. Unfortunately for companies embracing BYOD, even employees with good intentions can create data vulnerability.

More than half of smartphone owners connect those devices to unsecured wireless networks, according to Cisco’s “BYOD Insights 2013” study. In some cases, employees may forget their phones are set up to automatically connect them to available WiFi and subsequently access sensitive company information without even realizing they are creating security risks. That scenario can be particularly damaging for organizations in heavily regulated industries—like healthcare or finance—that could be subject to massive fines for security lapses.

With even the most conscientious employees liable to make an occasional BYOD mistake, some companies choose to grant their employees access to only non-sensitive information from a personal device. But how can a business be sure that strategy is executed? What if an employee forgets the policy and tries to access confidential information from an airport hot spot as he or she waits to board a flight?

Fortunately these questions can be addressed with network monitoring solutions that can quickly drill down to the details for any node on the system in real time. With these products in place, engineers have a high-level view of the company’s network and can stop any unauthorized attempt to access sensitive material—even by a loyal employee.

Businesses are constantly faced with new security challenges they couldn’t have anticipated just a few years ago. BYOD is a fast-moving trend that snuck up on some companies, but reliable, effective tools built to meet these challenges do exist.

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Are You Treating Cybercrime Like Real Crime?

There may not be any police tape or chase scenes involved, but don’t be fooled— cybercrime is just as serious as any other legal infraction.

In fact, cybercrime can arguably be more dangerous than many similarly treated offenses precisely because it is often perpetrated without much notice. In an age where the pace of data is being exchanged across a range of platforms and servers at a dizzying pace, the need for network security has never been higher.

Just consider this recent statistic: cyber crime costs $375-$575 billion and causes a net loss of up to 200,000 jobs in the U.S. alone, according to research conducted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. While those statistics are striking, perhaps more troubling is that the FBI estimates only 10 percent of all cybercrime incidents are reported to the IC3. So in reality, the losses may be much greater.

Due to the consequences of cybercrime, it is imperative for businesses and consumers to protect themselves and each other. One of the most effective means of doing so comes in the form of network forensics. Network forensics help companies reconstruct exactly what happened when an attack occurs, successful or not.  Network forensics gives you the detailed answers to who, what where, and when so that you can target perpetrators and enhance your security detection tools for the future.

The more organizations focus on and invest in network forensics, and treat security incidents seriously, the safer the burgeoning ecommerce marketplace will be for all involved. Heightened awareness and serious commitment should be a collective goal.

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Is Your Wireless Network Feeling Neglected?

During the past several years, businesses have increasingly transitioned from traditional landlines to wireless systems as their primary communications medium. Enterprises and SMBs alike are embracing the 802.11ac standard, which expands wireless network capacity and reliability.

But in much the same way that faster wired networks are proving challenging to manage, wireless networks are presenting engineers with new security and performance problems of their own.

Along with the ability run more complex, intricate business applications on wireless networks than ever before comes the need for real-time troubleshooting. In particular, businesses transferring more data at faster speeds for BYOD, video or voice over Wireless (VoFi) need a wireless network analyzer to help IT departments keep these mission-critical services up and running. When an application experiences even short-lived latency, let alone significant downtime, productivity falls right along with network speed.

WildPackets’ wireless network monitoring solutions provide engineers the high-level visibility they need to snuff out any potential issues—from security vulnerabilities to traffic overload—before they become catastrophes. WildPackets can help companies reduce downtime or other network disturbances by providing:

  • 24/7 real-time analysis of everything on the network
  • Capture of network traffic from multiple channels simultaneously
  • The ability to track mobile users as they move to new channels and access points
  • The capability to track wireless conversations, authentications and other events to ensure only authorized users gain access
  • Sophisticated alerts and notifications to potential problems
  • Pinpointing of the precise source of any problem

Click here to read about WildPackets’ wireless network analysis and troubleshooting solutions featuring the industry’s first-ever network analyzer for gigabit wireless networks.