Your Wi-Fi network is likely a cornerstone of your business. From quick communication to collaboration to keeping your customers happy with guest Internet access, it’s an indispensable tool. But, if you’re not careful, it can also be a vulnerability. This short checklist will help you make sure your Wi-Fi is secure and provide tips on how to reduce the risk of your Wi-Fi network being an access point for cyber attackers.
Make sure your employee network is set to WPA2
This is the most reliable encryption setting for your network. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is also secure, but slightly less so. But “Public” or WAP is a big no for business networks: “Public” would give access to anyone without a password, and WAP has been proven to be fairly easy to crack.
Choose your name wisely
Opt for a more discreet name for your Wi-Fi network. Specifically, avoid using your business’s name in your Wi-Fi network. It might be easier for guests to find, but it also makes it just as easy for cyber attackers to identify which network is yours if they’re looking to launch a targeted attack. Instead, try more generic naming devices, like names of stars in the universe or public parks. Making it so that guests actually have to ask for your Wi-Fi name also helps decrease the chance of neighbours or passers-by hopping on your network and being a drain on your bandwidth.
Choose your passwords even more wisely
If your network name should be obscure, then your password should be even more difficult. Make sure you use a mix of lower case, upper case and numerals, and avoid obvious words or phrases. Also, make sure you’re changing the password on a regular basis, including when an employee leaves your organization.
Make sure you’re updating your firewalls and antivirus software regularly. Because threats are constantly evolving, hardware and software companies continually update their software with security fixes. Your network can be vulnerable if the software on your firewalls, routers and computers is out of date.
Use a separate guest network
While offering free Wi-Fi is always a great way of appealing to customers, letting them have access to the same network that holds all your work and sensitive documents is risky. If you have a separate network setup for guest use, you can keep your private files out of the wrong hands.
Get a managed network solution
You need to ensure your Wi-Fi infrastructure is supported by the right network architecture. Your Wi-Fi access points and internal network need to be supported by a service gateway, or switch. It’s important that you choose a switch that includes protection features like firewall and encryption standards. For improved security against all attacks, choose a Managed Wi-Fi, which includes a secured private connection for your staff and a switch with built-in firewalls.