Security must be top concern for wireless nets

Security must be top concern for wireless nets

Securing wireless networks is a new worry for agencies that must specify security in their business cases while working under policies that lag behind the rapid advance of technology, a federal-sector consultant said last week.

'Technology is the simple part,' said Howard Stern, senior vice president of FSI of McLean, Va. 'It's all the other stuff around the technology''from setting business practices to educating users''that's the hard part.'

Mobile devices carry out an increasing number of functions, including tracking assets and communicating instantly, Stern said, so agencies more than ever need sound policies for wireless security.

'It's even more important than in landline operations,' he said, speaking at a wireless security forum in Washington sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Co.

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