Expert: Wireless security is all about location
- By Michael Arnone
- Feb 28, 2006
Wireless security can benefit from old real estate mantra ' location, location, location, a wireless security expert said yesterday.
Authenticating wireless users by the location of the access points they use is a good benchmark for role-based access to networks, said Matthew Gray, founder and chief technology officer at Newbury Networks.
Location-based authentication prevents social engineering and back-door attacks and discourages attempts to enter networks by brute force, Newbury said Feb. 27 at the FCW Events Wireless/RFID Conference 2006.
'If they're on the fence line, don't let them in,' Gray said.
A division of the U.S. Air Force that works with Newbury Networks has made location-based authentication mandatory at its facilities since finding that using it blocked nearly all incoming attacks, Gray said.