Cisco is talking wireless security with new announcements the company says are meant to go beyond PCI DSS requirements.
Cisco is looking to bolster wireless security with an eye toward going above
and beyond compliance with Payment
Card Industry (PCI) requirements
Part of that starts with the addition of new PCI compliance reporting
capabilities for the Cisco Wireless Control (WCS). On top of its previous
PCI reporting functionality, WCS now offers a PCI summary report and the
ability to filter and focus on individual locations or devices.
But the growing prevalence of mobile
means establishing high levels of wireless security for
consumers, retailers and banks alike, the company contends. Along those lines,
Cisco introduced today a new software capability called Enhanced Local
Mode (ELM) for its Adaptive Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS).
"With this new feature, retail businesses will be able to use the same
access points they're already using for data, voice and video to also monitor
their radio frequency (RF) spectrum for unauthorized attacks over their
wireless network," blogged
, public relations manager of wireless networking for Cisco. "Previously,
these same retailers had to use a separate overlay network for data, voice and
video in addition to a network for intrusion prevention."
According to Cisco, ELM reduces capital investment by running the wIPS
product on the same access points as the wireless data network. Previously, two
access points were required-one to manage scanning and one for data access.
Additionally, the software removes the need for overlay, third-party wireless IPS
products, the company said.
"Essentially, this means retail businesses are able to converge what
was previously two wireless networks, one for data access and one for wireless
scanning, into one network with similar features of a dedicated Cisco wireless IPS
solution," Stricker wrote.
In a recent Cisco-commissioned survey of 500 IT decision makers, researchers
found that more than two-thirds of those polled expect their spending on PCI
compliance-related initiatives to increase this year. Wireless intrusion
prevention and intrusion detection (IPS/IDS)
products are being used by 58 percent of the respondents to protect against
rogue wireless access points.
PCI compliance is more than checking a box to ensure customer security,
"This is where Cisco comes in-this new Enhanced Local Mode innovation
lowers the cost of securing the wireless network by integrating full Adaptive
wireless IPS scanning into access points
without reducing performance or compromising on security," he wrote. "On
top of that, Cisco is also announcing new updates to its Wireless Control
(WCS) that will provide internal security reporting and audits that
help businesses stay up to date with PCI compliance requirements. These
improvements combined can effectively reduce both CAPEX
(for wireless network infrastructure investment) and OPEX by simplifying
processes for security monitoring and audit preparation."