According to Computacenter, Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) security is extremely important in the workplace in order for organisations to reap the benefits of mobility, be it increased productivity or profitability. Computacenter’s new mobility report discusses these benefits in further detail.
The mobile revolution means a lot of the traffic from these devices is heading straight to the corporate WLAN – whether it is ready or not. Nearly 80 percent of employees get their connectivity from the corporate Wi-Fi network. Most of today’s WLANs were not designed for such intense levels of activity. Originally intended to provide Internet access for guests, WLANs were the side order for the main dish of the day: the LAN. As such they lack reliability, capacity and security.
As the boundary of where the corporate network starts and finishes becomes vague, organisations need to develop a security strategy that encompasses wired and wireless connectivity as well as mobile and fixed workplace devices.
As part of Computacenter’s report, 72 percent of employees now work on company-owned laptops whilst only a third of users have been issued with corporate smartphones.
The combination of personal and corporate devices in the workplace means that employees interact with a variety of different devices during the day. For example, 85 percent of employees use a laptop, 75 percent use a smartphone, and 47 percent use a tablet or similar device.
The establishment of context-based security policies of the workplace infrastructure will help strengthen access management for mobile users and devices.
For more information regarding WLAN security in the workplace, visit http://www.itenabledbusiness.computacenter.com/mobility-surge/.