Hackers cash in on 802.1x confusion

    Date03 Aug 2005
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Companies are leaving their wireless networks exposed to hackers because of widespread failure to understand or implement 802.11x security systems, a survey has claimed.

    The study commissioned security vendor nCipher revealed less than half of firms plan to introduce the technology in the next two years. It comes as another blow to producers of 802.1x equipment, following Forrester research in March which showed the technology is more costly to implement than originally thought.

    802.1x is an IEEE standard that protects network ports from unauthorised access and is particularly designed for wireless networks.

    The report concludes that another hampering factor in adoption of 802.1x is management of associated cryptographic keys. The survey found an average of ten per cent of companies had more than 10,000 keys on their servers and desktops.

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