December 29, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Enterprises planning to deploy wireless networks need not
be overly concerned about risks to system security, said networking
equipment vendor 3Com Corp.
It said the risks are the same as those posed to wired networks the
typical computer virus infection and odd worm-intrusion incident as long
as the proper precautions are taken.
3Com said its finding is based on a recent survey of 2,500 companies in
Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
The survey found that organisations which have moved to wireless
networks encounter few, if any, significant security issues.
Results of this survey debunk the commonly held belief that wireless
networks are less secure than wired ones, said Peter Chai,
vice-president and general manager (Asia Pacific) at 3Com, in Kuala
Whats even more interesting is that some of these organisations did not
face any security threats and have found that the security of their
networks either improved or remained unchanged when they moved to
More than 40% of respondents in the study had deployed wireless networks
within their organisations and cited security as their most pressing
concern, followed by network reliability.
The survey also indicated that the security and reliability concerns of
the enterprises polled are closely linked to the use of consumer-grade
wireless networking equipment that is less secure and has limited
connectivity, said 3Com.
In many cases, the use of centrally controlled wireless architecture may
actually improve network security due to its ability to block rogue
access points and enforce better network admission controls, Chai said.
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