By Rajat Bhargava Posted July 8, 2016
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could eliminate the need for shared SSID and password for your WiFi? Wouldn’t that make your network far more secure? Wouldn’t the end result directly fight the notion that WiFi networks are notoriously vulnerable?
If your shared SSID and password fell into the wrong hands, even with the presence of WPA security, the culprit would have complete access to individual devices and all of your IT equipment within the network.
As we stated above, the elimination of the shared SSID and passphrase would be nice, but did we also mention that it is in fact plausible?
Enter Radius-as-a-Service. IT admins have leveraged a RADIUS interface for WiFi in order to bolster their security, but there is more that can be derived from this, which we will explore below.
Unshare Your WiFi
This may sound like a crazy idea, but bear with us here as we explain. The first step in unsharing your WiFi is by uniquely connecting each user’s access to the network.
Incorporating your WiFi infrastructure directly into your user directory allows unique access to the network, ultimately making it harder for hackers to access.
Let RADIUS Open Up Your WiFi Sphere
Wireless Access Points (WAPs) can be conjoined with a directory via RADIUS protocol, which acts as an intermediary. The process begins with RADIUS servers passing user credentials to the directory, which then in turn responds back with a match or denial.
The issue with RADIUS that many people run into is the complexity that comes with implementation and sustainability. With varying configurations, infrastructure upkeep, and management requirements, the difficulties pile up.
RADIUS Interface for WiFi Can Close the Loop
To save precious time, IT admins have made a move to SaaS-based RADIUS-as-a-Service platforms, which provide an infrastructure for the directory and RADIUS.
The process is greatly simplified when a platform like this is implemented. Endpoints are provided by the RaaS platform, which the WAPs point to. User’s are connected to the directory services platform, resulting in a centralized set of credentials that can be used to access WiFi.
The end result is a complete win for IT organizations, who save time by avoiding the addition of an on-premises server and the management of RADIUS software. The user benefits greatly as well, as they can access WiFi, devices, and other apps using a single set of credentials.
WiFi Management and RADIUS with JumpCloud
Take a look at the quick video below to see how JumpCloud’s RADIUS-as-a-Service works:
One identity to access all IT resources.
One identity to disable access at anytime.
With JumpCloud you can efficiently move away from the methods of yesteryear and embrace a world with no shared SSID and password for WiFi.
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