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You’ve heard of the recent flaw in the WPA2 protocol (The KRACK vulnerability). Perhaps you suspect that your organization’s policies regarding wireless network security in Ottawa are leaving you vulnerable to a cyber attack? Chances are good, then, that you need some sound IT consulting on the matter by trusted Ottawa network security pros who will bring your wireless security standards up to date and keep them there.

Wireless Network Security

Understanding WLAN Security Standards

Unlike wired networks, wireless access is not limited to the physical confines of your company’s facilities, meaning that without adequate measures, an enterprise’s data is available to anyone within range of the access points. A multi-pronged approach to security is necessary to address the unique nature of wireless networks.

First and foremost, encrypting the data exchanged between the access points and clients is a necessity. The first attempt at encryption was known as Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), but as a result of flaws discovered within the protocol, it has been replaced with Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and more recently WPA2.

Each successive encryption scheme has ramped up the level of protection, but enterprise administrators still have to be ever vigilant in guarding against continuing threats to their wireless networks and corporate data and adjust their security strategy to deal with them. For some market verticals, such as the retail industry, this is not only a wise practice but a requirement for compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), designed to ensure that customer credit card data is protected.

Encryption is only one of the weapons at IT’s disposal for securing wireless networks. Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS), available from the WLAN vendors themselves, as well as third-party solutions, actively scan for attempts to break into the wireless network and search for rogue devices, alerting administrators to any of these threats.

A rogue access point, for example, could be something as innocent as a misguided employee bringing in a consumer unit for convenient wireless access – or, something as malicious as a hacker attempting to gain access.

Either way, rogue devices create a backdoor into the enterprise network. WIPS solutions are designed to identify, locate and remedy these security gaps.

Finally, an often-overlooked wireless network security concern is guest access. While it is relatively straightforward to open-up wireless networks for customers, vendors, and suppliers while segregating them from the primary network, there could still be a corporate liability for what these guest users actually do with that access.

Furthermore, any completely open network gives hackers, spammers and so on a place to launch their attacks. Fortunately, advanced guest access solutions are available, forcing an authentication step before allowing access.

Known guests can be quickly supplied with credentials with a predetermined revocation time. These types of wireless network security solutions allow administrators not only to control who is utilizing their wireless networks but also to keep track of what guest users are actually doing with that access.

We’re Helping Ontario Businesses with Secure Wireless Networking

We can all agree that having complete wireless network security in Ottawa is critical for you to do business. When you consider that everything from your email to your data backup relies on an internet connection, it may be the single most important part of your IT infrastructure.

The threat of a malware infection, hack, or data breach is a very real concern for any business. Every business is a potential target, and cybercriminals are becoming increasingly resourceful. Protecting your network from potential threats is crucial. With smartphones, tablets, and laptops becoming a routine part of the day-to-day activities of most businesses, having a secure wireless network that affords your employees the ability to be productive outside of the office is a necessity.

Fuelled Networks is proud to be partners with Ruckus and Fortinet. As pioneers in the wireless infrastructure field, Ruckus provides the resources your business needs to stay ahead of the rising demand for high-bandwidth applications and services.

Fortinet offers a wide range of high-performance network security solutions, designed to provide simplified end-to-end infrastructure security.

Our partnerships allow us to offer you Pervasive Performance and exceptional wireless networking performance that’s reliable, flexible, and affordable.

Taking advantage of the secure wireless networking solutions Fuelled Networks has to offer benefits your business by not only providing industry-leading network security with continuous monitoring and reporting but by allowing for scalability to fit your growing needs. New users can be added quickly, helping to keep costs low.

Enhanced mobility keeps you connected to your important data and applications, providing access from anywhere, at any time, and allowing for increased collaboration among employees. Having fast and easy access to the information you need lets you do more, and makes it possible to provide better service to your clients and improve the way you work.

Call on the trusted IT professionals businesses in Ottawa ON, Kingston, Brockville and Eastern Ontario can turn to – Fuelled Networks! And, download our free pdf, “How Secure is Your Business’ Wireless Network?” for more information on what we do in the meantime.

Wireless Network Security for Ottawa and Ontario Businesses

Your business needs a secure wireless network to keep you working effectively in and out of the office. Whether you are using smartphones, tablets, or laptops, our secure wireless network is a critical component that helps you achieve maximum productivity and enhanced mobility.

With our easily-procurable wireless network security solutions, you’ll benefit from:

  • Enhanced Mobility: Stay connected in and out of the office, we provide access to the important applications and information you rely on regardless of your location or device. You have the freedom to roam and the tools to stay protected – with no restrictions to hold you back.
  • Increased Collaboration: Collaborating with associates has never been easier. A secure wireless network allows you to stay connected and work as a team with ease – share information, files and data to ensure everyone is on the same page and maintains productivity.
  • 24/7 Access to Your Important Information: Having quick and easy access to your important information and applications allows you to do more work in less time. When you have all the tools and resources you need at your fingertips, you are able to provide an overall better customer experience and improve the way you work.
  • Scalability: Ruckus is easily scaled larger or smaller to accommodate your needs at all times. The growth of your business is easily supported by the ability to add users quickly and keep costs affordable.
  • Industry-Leading Security Solutions: Security is crucial in today’s technologically advanced marketplace. We provide monitoring, protection, and reporting to keep threats minimal and even resolve some potential problems before they create any downtime.

Increased and optimized wireless network security in Ottawa will provide you the connectivity you depend on, coupled with the best security measures available to keep cyber attacks at bay and ensure your important data and resources are always well protected.

Get the Wireless Network Security Protection Your Business Needs

Don’t let your business fall victim to a cyber attack or any other potential network disaster. Make the call and get started with truly secure wireless networking today.

Contact the Fuelled Networks experts today at info@fuellednetworks.com or (613) 828-1280 and find out more about how we can help protect your business by keeping its standards on wireless network security in Ottawa always up to date and closely followed.

Published On: 26th November 2017 by Ernie Sherman.

IT Consultants Ottawa