SAS 70

Jun 17 2008   11:45AM GMT

Networks, laptops and virus in your Starbucks? How much do you want in your coffee? – SAS70

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT

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Wi-fi networks are everywhere… keep employees thinking, moving and socializing. Can we just drink coffee at Starbucks? UNTHINKABLE!! As more and more of these networks become prevalent and we become connected to one big network that never ends, what is going to happen if that unthinkable malware or virus infects your network? Will it start on your pda/phone, or on your laptop at 8:05am and then spread to your home computer at 8:07 and then off to your corporate network at 8:15am. Researchers at Indiana University  are predicting that unsecured wireless networks could launch a potential network attack that spreads like wildfire to personal, home, and business networks. How can you combat such an attack? 

First, those wi-fi networks need monitoring and standards – a SAS70 audit to review network controls. Included in a SAS70 audit is a review of your router controls to make sure that you have some insurance in place to prevent network downtime.

 When the routers are taken out of the box and set on the shelf and plugged in, that is not the only installation required. Administrative passwords and SSID’s need to be strengthen and hardened so that Mr Hacker is not able to stop your credit card from being accepted. Use administrative passwords that are not common, require numbers and letters, and are not your mothers name. The same requirements should be used for SSID’s.In addition, turn on encryption, preferably WPA – which is considered almost impossible to crack. What controls/insurance do you have in place?



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