Expert: Wireless security is all about location

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.

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