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WiFi Security June 6, 2008

Posted by Amanda in Business Tails, Mouse Clicks.
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WiFi Security is a hot topic issues these days. It’s important to protect your proprietory information from falling into the wrong hands, and packet sniffing is all too common these days. From g-Wh!z

SCENARIO

Employee from Division X is on the road at a conference then is going to make a business call afterwards.

While at the in between sessions at the conference they plop down in one of the wifi hotspots and start corresponding with the home office in prep for tomorrow’s meeting. The team back home has prep’d a presentation and plenty of attachments and are sending those across by email attachment but first need to do some IM to make sure it’s all good.

Turns out it’s not so good. Some things need revision. So, the agreement is to make it all available via ftp and the address and credentials are passed along.

Employee finishes out the conference, goes back to the hotel room, cleans up, has dinner and goes back to the room to pull down the zip files for tomorrow. Logs into the ftp server only to find there are no files. Frantic phone calls find the team leader back home. Who then raises IT. Who then checks the ftp logs and determines the right account was used from the convention center ip.

[WRONG] Conclusion back at base: the remote employee borked the files… log files say so.

The truth is that the majority of internet connections are NOT secure.  This could happen to you.  If you are dealing with sensitive information (passwords, customer data, creditcard numbers, all fall in this category) the wireless hotspots provided by coffee-houses, hotels, even McDonalds can be easy targets for identity theft.

Several cases of Identity theft made a big splash in the headlines recent.  Unfortunately Identity theft is relatively easy to pull off and hard to track.  It is a PR nightmare to any company whose customer data is compromised.  Protect yourself!

Read the full article here:  http://gwhiz.wordpress.com/2006/08/31/public-wifi-security/

How secure is your Data? August 23, 2006

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The Department of Veterans Affairs now says over two million active service men and women could be at risk for identity theft. Hotels.com is Just Latest Victim of Old-Fashioned Data Theft. You’ve probably heard these stories all over the news, and it brings up the issue, just how safe is your data?

I got the opportunity this summer to tour a data center in person. And yes, they had a fancy log in system, and they had a thumb reader on the main door into the center. However, when we continued our tour out the back door of the facility, there was no thumb reader on the back door, and I’m not even sure that door was locked. What good are the security systems, if they only seem to be for show? We had all logged into the system, but we never logged out. Also, the data reels are copied and transported to another location, to protect against such disasters as fire. However, how much security is provided to the data at that point?

So really investigate where you store your data, and don’t just take the security systems on face value. They could just be for show. Ask questions and don’t settle till you’re satisfied.

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