Over 90% CIOs Upset With Existing Wireless Security

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 16, 2015

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Nine out of 10 CIOs in India believe that their existing wireless security is  not satisfactory, according to a new study conducted by Fortinet. It is hardly surprising then that more than one-third of the enterprise wireless networks put in place for internal employees, do not have the basic security function of authentication in place.

When it comes to wireless strategies, 29 percent and 25 percent of Indian enterprises have neglected firewall and anti-virus security functions respectively. The Fortinet Wireless Security Survey was undertaken in May 2015, by market research company Lightspeed GMI.

The survey was conducted online amongst 1,490 qualified IT decision makers - predominantly CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors and Heads of IT - at organizations with more than 250 employees around the globe including 100 respondents from India. 

“The findings indicate that despite the growth in mobility strategies, wireless security has simply not been a priority for enterprises to date,” said Rajesh Maurya, Country Manager, India & SAARC at Fortinet. “As advanced persistent attacks increasingly target multiple entry points, and the cloud becomes more prevalent, it’s not an oversight organizations should risk any longer.” 

CIOs rank wireless networks as the most vulnerable IT infrastructure. Managing database is yet another big concern, the study notes. When asked about the risks of operating in an unsecured wireless network, 48 percent CIOs worldwide and 55 percent in India considered loss of sensitive corporate and/or customer data as the biggest risk to their organization. 

Other studies have revealed several other risks too wireless. Wi-Fi attacks on your data can take less than 2 seconds, according to a Gartner report. Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is being implemented at businesses and schools around the world, but 60 percent of businesses do not have a written BYOD policy. As a result, 52 percent of BYOD users connect to an open or unsecure network; and more than half of all open Wi-Fi networks are susceptible to abuse.

Also using public WiFi without any added security measures, you leak data about yourself from your device, states Sean Sullivan, F-Secure’s Security Advisor. The most dangerous thing that often happens is that user’s personal information is leaked.