How to Provide WiFi Access Points Securely

Written by Rajat Bhargava on June 9, 2015

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Businesses around the world have been upgrading their wired networks to WiFi networks en masse and for good reason. Wired network infrastructures are costly to build and maintain. They’re also less flexible and less accessible than their WiFi counterparts.

The future is wireless. So why are some organizations still clinging to their clunky wired networks?

The Wonderful World of WiFi

Making the change to wireless is easy. IT organizations simply deploy WiFi access points across their facilities and employees have access to work easily from anywhere in the facility – even the bathroom.

But what if WiFi networks are a little bit too accessible?

Network security is a top priority for every IT admin and wired networks have a certain closed-off rigidity that is comforting. WiFi networks on the other hand? They promise to extend out in every direction – even past the walls of your office building.

More Access, More Problems?

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Increasing WiFi access points within a company simultaneously increases the risk of cyber vulnerabilities. With an estimated 16,856 cyber attacks on businesses per year, every company should be taking precautionary steps to reduce the threat.

New Tools Enable WiFi Security

We don’t mean to scare you. While WiFi networks welcome new threats, they also offer new tools for defense. It is possible to track every user on the network and to create a separate network for guests. Those nebulous WiFi networks can be contained and controlled.

Through the use of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), you can separate different functional areas of your network to isolate sensitive resources, and keep customer privacy, HR, financial and other critical data only exposed to those with a need to know. SSIDs and RADIUS are also powerful tools through which a savvy IT admin can gain fine-grained access control on a per-user basis.

Three Steps to Make WiFi Networks Accessible and Secure

The Guide to Doing More Faster Now with IT Control

The risks that WiFi presents are real, but manageable. In The Guide to Doing More, Faster, we offer three actionable steps that businesses can take to swiftly and affordably provide WiFi access points.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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