When it comes to wireless technology, concern about security is well-founded, according to Nicholas Miller, president of Cirond Corp., a San Jose, Calif.-based wireless security provider.That's because two major security risks associated with wireless laptops have the potential to severely compromise wired networks, he says. "One is people buying their own access points and plugging them into the corporate network, and the other is people plugging laptops into the corporate network while accidentally leaving the wireless access on."
Wireless bay stations are so inexpensive now-as little as $40 apiece-people are buying their own access points and bringing them to work, Miller says. The problem is: "When they plug them into the network port in their cubicle, they've just blown a hole in the side of the network," he says. "That access point is now broadcasting the network connection out into the parking lot where it can be accessed by anybody driving by with a laptop computer."
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