WEP gives false sense of security

Wednesday, 26 November 2003, 11:35 AM EST

Basic wireless encryption standards have lulled thousands of UK firms into a false sense of security, with many relying on the inadequate Wireless Encryption Privacy (WEP) standard rather than more proven technologies such as virtual private networks.

According to a survey commissioned by security firm SonicWall, 28 percent of companies have already implemented wireless technology and a further 40 percent plan to do so by 2005.

The remainder, just over a third of respondents, declared that they would never deploy such technology.

Of those already using wireless networks only five percent admitted suffering a security breach in the past 12 months, with 83 percent claiming that they encrypt their wireless data.

The survey of directors and senior IT managers confirmed wireless networking as a growing trend, but uncovered disagreements between senior managers and technical staff over whether the technology should be deployed.

While 82 percent of board level directors favoured wireless, one third of IT and IT project managers were resistant, largely due to security issues.

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