Submitted by CyberHub Summit on Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:00
When you fly, no Wi-Fi
When you fly, no Wi-Fi

Nothing characterizes contemporary employment better than liquidity. The flexibility that cell phones and lap tops have given us to work on- the-go, is tremendous, yet from a security perspective – fraught with challenges.

It is extremely difficult to provide speedy internet and data without compromising security, as end-to-end encryption is loaded with vulnerabilities and this is nowhere more evident than at the airport.

CNBC recently listed the top ten worst airports for cybersecurity and they span the entire country.

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This rating would include the number of attempt hacks, actual cybersecurity threats and the ability of airport cyber security to prevent these attacks.

Why is public Wi-Fi so dangerous?

 From airports to Starbucks, everywhere is offering you public Wi-Fi, simple, free and a solution for when you need to work in transit, or so you would think.

In reality, employers and employees from the highest to lowest levels become particularly susceptible to cybercrime whilst in transit, due to public Wi-Fi, which Coronet, cybersecurity experts say is unencrypted, unsafe and incorrectly configured.

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Public Wi-Fi has become an increasing danger for all sizes of companies. The connection apart from being agonizingly slow, give hackers ample opportunities to break in and cash out, loaded up with access to all your company data, including logins and installing malicious software

Employers must think carefully about the usefulness of employees who are logging on and piling up the hours in public areas according to Coronet.

Malware

Malware Wi-Fi networks appear exactly like other public networks and are probably named to match the airport you are logging on from, however once you join the network, you will start installing malicious software.

Phishing

If you have already joined a bad network, you are simply a target for phishing. Hackers will create webpages that imitate your company website to lure you into logging in to work. This then gives them access to your password, your data and your clients’ data.

Data

Your data itself is also under attack, especially when being transferred. Left unencrypted, data on the move, is worrying exposed.

Adding a layer of security

Don’t join public networks? Or at least, don’t make this part of your business model. If you need to log on whilst on the move, you’ll have to make sure that not only are your cyber security systems up to date but that passwords are changed, post public exposure.

Furthermore, postpone the transfer of sensitive data until you can get to a secured network. The instinct to satisfy our client and corporate needs with extreme urgency is currently overriding our ability to provide a good safe service.

Airports are by no means, secured and until a serious upgrade in the level of airport can provide safe all round Wi-Fi, from Florida to Houston it simply isn’t worth the risk.