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$400 million. That is the estimated loss from 700 million compromised records caused by data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report. There’s no question that data breaches are becoming a bigger threat to companies worldwid

Large companies operating in the logistics, hospitality, retail, and healthcare sectorsare aware of the importance of securing their wireless networks against the danger of intrusion, theft, or permanent loss of information and connectivity. In today’s world, your security strategy should include everything from your network and the data that transmits over that network to the applications that sit on your employees’ mobile phones.
This is where Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS) comes into play. This systemaccurately identifies access from unauthorized devices to protect the physical and wireless networks, either public or private, of an organization and automatically takes countermeasures against potential intrusions. WIPS ensures users are connected to the correct network, with the required security and are in compliance with corporate policies. 
But not all WIPS security solutions are created the same. These five key questions will help you evaluate the security features offered by WIPS that protect corporate Wi-Fi networks:
1. How many threats does it detect – and how much information do you get about the attacks? The more specific the detected threat, the more secure the system will be. The more visibility you have into those attacks, the easier it is to take the action that is appropriate for an identified attack. 
2. How long does it take the system to detect a rogue device? When it comes to protecting your data, every second counts. According to Verizon, in 60 percent of cases, attackers are able to compromise an organization within minutes, so the faster that rogue devices are detected and terminated, the better.
3. Does your wireless network support forensic analysis? Wireless networks that have the ability to record data points both before and after a data breach – and save them for further investigation – can help companies uncover and fix vulnerable points in their network. 
4. Does your network support automated regulatory compliance? Make sure your wireless solution can automatically generate the regulatory compliance reports necessary for quarterly or annual audits. Relevant regulations include The Drug Act, B.E. 2510 for the healthcare industry. 
5. How easy can you set up and change network rules? Rule-based network management can reduce the burden on administrators. Be sure to ask how many filters your wireless system can support – and how easily you can filter the system’s alarms to enable easier security management.
AirDefense Service Platform
WIPS must prevent and detect threats, and swiftly take action once detecting foul play. When a wireless threat is detected, administrators must be able to terminate the connection. This is where Zebra technology comes into play. 
Zebra Technologies has developed the AirDefense Service Platform (ADSP), a system that gathers information obtained from an organization’s network of sensors and access points (APs) under a central console to manage, monitor, and protect WLAN environments against abnormal behavior originating either inside or outside the organization. ADSP offers automated protection, forensic incident analysis, network assurance, regulatory compliance, multi-vendor management, remote troubleshooting, and locationing services. 
Forward-looking organizations such as Zebra are combating network intrusion using today’s most advanced 24x7 monitoring tools to identify network vulnerabilities, as well as to recognize and stop network attacks before they cause serious damage. For more information about wireless network security and management, please click here. 

Published : September 05, 2016

By : Axel Volonté<br /> Enterprise