Orthus Scares on Security

Orthus survey reveals European businesses using wireless are still neglecting security; 63% wouldn't know if their WLANs were compromised

April 15, 2004

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LONDON -- Despite recent media attention, European businesses are continuing to invite cyber attacks from hackers and crackers by failing to secure their wireless computer networks. A survey conducted at Europe’s only dedicated WLAN exhibition held at the Olympia in London, U.K. on April 6 and 7th 2004 found that 23% of companies surveyed don’t even require their WLANs to be password protected.

The survey was conducted by Orthus Ltd. a European information security consultancy headquartered in London at the two day WLAN Event. Orthus personally interviewed over 450 CEOs, MDs and IT, Finance and Security Directors representing hundreds of European businesses attending the event.

The results of the survey were surprising considering the amount of media attention recently given to the issue of wireless security and indicate that businesses continue to neglect the security issues associated with the deployment of WLANs despite the fact that the networks are used to process and stored sensitive business information.

“Hacking is still a very real threat to wireless networks. It’s imperative that businesses using them understand and address their inherent security vulnerabilities and at a minimum enable the basic manufacturer designed security features prior to deployment to serious problems,” says Richard Hollis CEO and Managing Director of Orthus Ltd.

Orthus Ltd.

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