Improving security in pocket Wi-Fi solutions for business users

Opinion by Mark Baxter

Weak encryption keys and poor firewalls, along with non-GDPR compliant devices, are the largest culprits despite being the easiest to prevent

Threats to enterprise data are becoming increasingly dangerous. Traditional pocket Wi-Fi devices and public internet access points are notorious targets for hackers. Anything from intellectual property, company data and bank details are up for grabs. Weak encryption keys and poor firewalls, along with non-GDPR compliant devices, are the largest culprits despite being the easiest to prevent. With the introduction of Cloud-SIM technology, enterprise users should never compromise Wi-Fi security.

The use of Cloud-SIM technology has proved revolutionary to pocket Wi-Fi security. This guarantees a connection to the strongest network without relying on a local SIM card. This yields a significant increase in productivity and accessibility for global Enterprise. The Cloud-SIM’s accessibility to many networks at any time creates an ‘untraceable’ connection. This prevents any black hat hacker from gaining access to sensitive business data. Not only is this the safest way to connect but it is liberating for business travellers – removing the need to locate and swap to a local SIM when travelling for business.

Another way to improve pocket Wi-Fi security is with an enhanced encryption key. The weaker the encryption key the easier it is to access sensitive information. Majesti-Fi recommend that users change the encryption key regularly as a preventative measure. Encryption keys do change in traditional devices; however, the regularity of it is not consistent. As technology has advanced it is now possible for devices to refresh the encryption keys seamlessly in the background – allowing for peace of mind. Sensitive information is always protected without the need for the user to change any information.

To ensure the best protection, device management is essential to any business. Avoid having any third-party involvement by keeping all business data and sensitive information internal. In the event of a security breach, the user can change the information at the click of a button – minimising any damage to the business and bottom line.

There are more than 14 million public hotspots in the UK alone. At no point will the user be alone on the network. This only increases the chance of man-in-the-middle attacks. Businesses need to educate employees on the potential risks and impact to the business. Many Wi-Fi devices offer an interface that provides the enterprise with user management for full visibility and control. In the unlikely possibility that an employee misuses the network, the enterprise can block the user instantly.

Following the introduction of GDPR legislation, is it essential that no third-party holds any confidential data of the business to protect intellectual property. Using a traditional mobile network operator puts sensitive information is at risk of interception and theft. This can include anything from exact location, passwords or access to microphones.

Recent developments in pocket Wi-Fi solutions mean that the mobile network operator does not hold any information in regards to the type of data consumed or sites viewed by the user. The only element logged is the volume of data used and country location. This ensures that business data is completely safe and protected.

With the rise in secure pocket Wi-Fi devices, there is no need to risk the safety of business data. Pocket Wi-Fi devices guarantee security whilst allowing an extra layer of protection and control. The internet turned 30-years-old this year and it has been a drastic evolution in regards to cyber security. Enterprises must be proactive in finding preventative technology to protect data. This is far more efficient than resorting to crisis management in the aftermath.

Contributed by Mark Baxter, COO of Majesti-Fi.

*Note: The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of SC Media UK or Haymarket Media.

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