What is a wireless network penetration test?
Wireless networks are everywhere, for example in your office, the hotel that you are meeting in and your local coffee shop. Employing a wireless solution in your office can offer greater flexibility, but as wireless was never designed with security in mind, it comes with a great potential for attack. From rogue access points to weak encryption algorithms, threats to wireless networks are unique and the risks can be significant.
Wi-Fi can provide opportunities for attackers to infiltrate an organisation’s secured environment – irrespective of security access controls. Penetration testing can help identify weaknesses in the wireless infrastructure.
Wireless network testing generally includes:
- Identifying Wi-Fi networks, including wireless fingerprinting, information leakage and signal leakage
- Determining encryption weaknesses, such as encryption cracking, wireless sniffing and session hijacking
- Identifying opportunities to penetrate a network by using wireless or evading network access control measures
- Identifying legitimate users’ identities and credentials to access otherwise private networks and services
The vulnerabilities are presented in a report that allows you to assess the relative business risk that they represent along with the required remedial action. These can then be resolved in line with your budget and risk appetite.
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