Important Tips to Bolster WLAN Security

Telecom Tech Outlook | Thursday, June 10, 2021

Routers have remote administration features that can be accessed through an internet connection alone. While it is a simple way to obtain offsite network access, it can only be used with clearly defined IP addresses to avoid unauthorized access.

FREMONT,CA: Today's businesses are increasingly concerned about the protection of their company's data and information. This problem is growing as a result of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) mandates and a mobile workforce accessing company information from seemingly anywhere. However, with the proper security measures in place within the wireless WLAN infrastructure, companies can rest assured that their private company information remains just that: private.

Here are some important steps to ensure optimum security:

Set up Administrator Controls

To alter or change any settings on one's network's router or access point, an administrator password should be required. After establishing a new WLAN infrastructure, the first step should be to change to a custom password. Never abandon the equipment with the default password.

Keep the SSID Private

For someone attempting to connect to an area wireless network, a Service Set Identifier (SSID) is typically broadcasted along with the network name. While it may seem to be a simple way for everyone to identify an organization's network in order to gain access, it exposes organizations to unwanted visitors. Turning off the SSID renders it inaccessible to nearby businesses and visitors.

Reduce the Power

Some routers and access points allow one to reduce the power of the WLAN transmitter in order to increase the signal range. While one can't get the signal exactly right, they can get it close enough that it doesn't extend beyond the business's walls. This procedure would reduce the possibility of unauthorized network access.

Keeping Remote Administration Abilities Off

Routers have remote administration features that can be accessed through an internet connection alone. While it is a simple way to obtain offsite network access, it can only be used with clearly defined IP addresses to avoid unauthorized access. Another good tip is to leave this switched off unless absolutely necessary for the organization.