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NIST report highlights WLAN’s weak security characteristics

An influx of wireless technologies at federal buildings, bases and hospitals has chief information officers considering wireless local area networks, but WLANs present a unique set of cybersecurity risks that agencies must consider prior to implementation. According to draft recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, WLANs are typically less secure than their wired counterparts because they’re easier to access and have weaker security configurations.

Enterprises should set standard security configurations across all WLAN components, such as client devices and access points, so the configuration can be deployed and verified through automated means, according to a report (.pdf) published by NIST Sept. 26. Overall, organizations should standardize, automate and centralize as much of their WLAN security configuration and maintenance as possible, says NIST.

via FierceGovernmentIT, continued here.