Feds faulted for weak wireless security

Wednesday, 18 May 2005, 9:46 AM EST

Congressional auditors contend the federal government isn't doing enough to secure its wireless networks.

In a 31-page report issued Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office said federal agencies have yet to fully apply key controls such as policies, practices, and tools to let them operate wireless networks securely. GAO tests of the security of wireless networks at six federal agencies revealed unauthorized wireless activity and "signal leakage," wireless signals broadcasting beyond the perimeter of the building and thereby increasing the networks' susceptibility to attack.

By Eric Chabrow at InformationWeek.

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