In our last post,
we talked about network security policy but left wireless security for this
post. It’s not uncommon to see a city overlook the importance of wireless
security. Partly, that’s because it’s easy to treat wireless devices like how
you would set them up at home—buy a wireless router, unbox it, plug it in,
power it on, connect your devices, and go.
surprisingly, technology audits often show that cities have open wireless
access points that make it easy for hackers to access a city’s network. If
wireless devices are not configured, secured, and properly monitored and
maintained by IT professionals, then they can pose major security risks for
considering a wireless security policy, you need to account for the following
You’re not a
home or a small coffee shop. You’re a city. People shouldn’t be able to hop
onto your wireless network without a password and start getting on the
internet. In fact, no unauthorized user should have access to your city’s
wireless network. At the very least, you need to:
visiting city hall or an unauthorized employee wandering through a hallway
should not have access to a city’s wireless device. Yet, many cities often have
wireless access points sitting in the open. These devices are easy to steal,
damage, or reconfigure. To remain safe, any physical wireless hardware needs to
be secured (such as in a locked room or a cabinet accessed only by a key or key
fob) similar to how you would secure servers or your network infrastructure
runs on software that needs to get regularly updated with patches and upgrades.
Bugs, security holes, and performance issues get fixed by these patches and
upgrades. If your city hasn’t applied these updates in a while, then that is a
priority in order to get these wireless devices as secure as possible. Ongoing wireless
patching and upgrading should then become a regular part of your technology
create an inventory of your existing wireless devices. What kind of equipment
are you using? If it’s consumer-grade, then you’re at a big disadvantage.
Business-class wireless hardware is more secure, provides better coverage
throughout your buildings, and better grows along with your city if you need to
add more users. Your wireless security policy should set a minimum requirement
for your city to use business-class hardware with configuration performed by IT
As part of monitoring
and maintaining your network infrastructure, you need to also monitor and
maintain your wireless network. Activities include:
strong wireless security policy that applies the best practices above, you’ll
shore up this often weak security hole at your city. Wireless access is a
convenient, efficient way for employees to access the internet. Make sure that this
access remains safe and secure.
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