New Help in the Hunt for Rogue Wireless Access Points
Managed security provider Guardent Inc. on Tuesday plans to announce a new service that will enable enterprises to discover and monitor rogue wireless access points on their networks.WASHINGTONManaged security provider Guardent Inc. on Tuesday plans to announce a new service that will enable enterprises to discover and monitor rogue wireless access points on their networks. The new offering will be delivered as part of Guardents Managed Vulnerability Protection Service and takes a new tack in the ongoing battle security specialists and network engineers are fighting to keep unauthorized APs off their networks. Instead of using a wireless device to locate the APs, Guardent is doing it from the wired side of the network by gathering HTTP and SNMP header information from the APs. Using this data, customers can see what wireless devices are on the network and can also determine whether the APs have WEP enabled, are broadcasting their SSIDs or have changed the default setup at all.
By the looks of things, the service is sorely needed. During a cursory 20-minute drive around Northwest Washington on Monday, Guardent security experts were able to find 54 wireless APs, only 17 of which had WEP enabled. Many of the devices were using the default SSIDs, as well.