On the hot spot

Anderberg, Ken
July 2004
Communications News;Jul2004, Vol. 41 Issue 7, p4
Trade Publication
This article comments on the subject of wireless hot spots. Research firm Gartner estimates that hot spot users worldwide will reach 30 million in 2004 and by the end of 2004, more than 50% of professional notebooks will be Wi-Fi capable. In other words, employees will increasingly be using hot spots when they are traveling, potentially compromising the security of local area networks (LAN), as well as incurring significant access charges from wireless providers. A strategy is needed to address such problem and to control security and costs. Costs can build quickly, as an employee, for example, on a week-long sales trip, logs on in airport, hotel and coffee shop hot spots, incurring an access fee each time. The productivity gains of such remote access are obvious, but without controlling costs, those gains can disappear rapidly. Then there is the question of security. The employee wirelessly accesses the corporate LAN at an airport, where hackers can intercept data transmission. It is necessary to establish procedures for employees and use wireless service providers that can accommodate the usage patterns of traveling workers. Importantly, it is important to set up requirements for employees when logging on to the organization's network to ensure installed security features are used and used properly.


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