Your business Wi-Fi is an extremely tempting target for cybercriminals. The cost of data breaches is significant, and the long-term effects of lost consumer trust can impact you for the rest of your company’s lifespan. Here are ways that you can improve your business Wi-Fi security.
Look at Your Physical Security Measures
Some organizations spend a lot of time focusing on stopping hackers from getting into their networks… only to overlook their physical security. Pay close attention to where your access points (APs) are located – be sure to install them out of reach of unauthorized parties. You can even invest in cage systems that put your APs behind lock and key.
Keep the SSID Name Simple and Your Passwords Updated
Simply put, your SSID is your network name. Make sure to use a straightforward name for the network so that you don’t confuse users. Always create a password-protected network, and be sure to change that password regularly (every month is ideal).
Update Your AP’s Firmware
Unpatched access points have many vulnerabilities that a hacker can exploit. That’s exactly why firmware updates are critical to good Wi-Fi security. They make it harder for a cybercriminal to break into the network. How? By keeping your devices protected with the latest security patches available.
Change Your Encryption Method to WPA2
Unencrypted networks are pretty much begging for a data breach, as it’s trivially easy to intercept information as it moves around. WPA2 encryption gives you a strong protection that acts as another layer of defense for your systems. Typically, enabling this encryption is as easy as flipping a switch in your access point’s online config.
Create Separate Wi-Fi Channels
Many organizations use two or more Wi-Fi networks. One is intended for public use (such as guests and customers), while the other is for the business staff. Using one channel for both purposes increases bandwidth and increases channel confusion. In other words, it slows down everyone’s performance and it makes you more susceptible to data breaches.
Since you’re using these channels for different purposes, you can also optimize the hardware and software to best serve those needs. For example, your internal-facing Wi-Fi channel may need to prioritize your programs, which can sap bandwidth.
The guest channel can be throttled and designed to handle the average data loads that you expect. You can track the number of people who need to access this network to determine this capacity and their typical habits. In other words, you don’t need to ensure your temporary guests need HD video streaming capabilities – especially when something as simple as email access bandwidth is enough.
With this channel splitting, you can help keep tabs on different users’ activity. You’ll increase overall network performance and significantly decrease the chances of data breaches.
Talk to the Wi-Fi Security Experts
IPRO is here to help your business improve its Wi-Fi security. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your business, your data, and your customers safe and sound.
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