Wireless security is often overlooked as organizations test and secure their environments. Flaws in corporate or guest wireless implementations can put internal resources or guest clients at risk. By identifying vulnerabilities and misconfigurations and rogue access points, these assessments not only improve security posture but can also help achieve compliance with certain regulatory frameworks.
An Assessment Will Provide Insight to:
- Wireless Interference; There are numerous factors that can affect the performance of your wireless network, including neighboring Wi-Fi hotspots, concrete walls, metal and electronics, Bluetooth devices, and even outdated firmware.
- High Density User Areas; Sometimes, high concentrations of users put stress on the network without IT even realizing it.
- Data Demanding Applications; Wireless communications are actually two-way. In many environments where the Wi-Fi isn’t working as well as expected, the problem is the devices attempting to access the wireless network.
- WiFi Heat Mapping: Addressing the current and future demands of wireless connectivity.
As wireless connections become more prevalent in corporate environments, they are an increasingly prominent target for cyberattacks.
When a wireless network is in use, an attacker does not physically access a network jack to attack the internal network. Instead, attacks can be initiated as long as the attacker is within range of the wireless signal. If access to the wireless network is obtained, the attacker may compromise resources or attack other clients on the network.
A wireless assessment identifies and attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in wireless networks, with the ultimate goal of obtaining access to business-critical data and systems. The assessment involves detecting access points, attempting to connect to the wireless network, and conducting network attacks if access is obtained.
An assessment provides insight into critical wireless security issues, such as weak encryption methods, inadequate client configurations, or the presence of rogue access points. It also offers guidance to address the risks of these attacks from both a tactical and strategic perspective. By testing this aspect of your network, you can improve wireless security and mitigate threats.
In the case of wireless guest networks, an unsecured network could jeopardize other users of that network. Improper segmentation between guest networks and corporate networks can also lead to unauthorized access or information leakage
Each type of penetration assessment provides a different and valuable perspective on cybersecurity. An external penetration test demonstrates how an external actor might be able to gain access to the internal environment. An internal penetration test demonstrates what sensitive systems or data an attacker can compromise with access to the internal network. A wireless assessment demonstrates whether an attacker can access the wireless network and whether this access can be leveraged to obtain any sensitive information.
Our team of network professionals carry the Certified Wireless Network Administrator, Certified Wireless Design Professional and Certified Wireless Analysis Professional certifications. Our team also maintains Aruba, Meru and Xirrus certifications.