How to secure a wireless network and thwart growing threats

To secure a Wi-Fi network takes flexibility and focus

The potential damage of a successful breach to the corporate bottom line or a company's reputation means that determining how to secure a wireless network in today's threat environment is a project that can't wait. But how do you secure a wireless network with a daily onslaught of new threats? Start by making focus and flexibility your bywords.

Securing the Wi-Fi network, experts seem to agree, means first determining what, exactly, must be secured. That is, network engineers should focus on determining what valuable data traverses the wireless network and what sensitive systems does it access. Identifying the likely targets hackers will go after will help the network team determine how an attack might unfold.

Once likely targets are determined, the question of how to secure a wireless network becomes clearer. Then it's a matter of developing a comprehensive wireless security strategy. This, though, means more than how to ramp up defenses to block the likeliest threats; it also must include steps that should be taken when a breach occurs.

Crafting the strategy is where the need for flexibility comes in because achieving Wi-Fi security is a process. Technology is going to change: Not only will the types of the devices on the Wi-Fi network evolve, but so will the way in which they're connecting (thanks, internet of things). The nature of the attacks will inevitably change too. So if you want to secure a wireless network, your strategy will need to take into account the number and nature of future devices and attack vectors, among other things.

Let this handbook be your guide to Wi-Fi security. It includes expert guidance on the best ways to approach this pressing problem so that you can secure Wi-Fi now and well into the future.