And yet here we are in a world where virtually all businesses run on high-speed internet free from cables. One of the best ways to test for these vulnerabilities? Wireless penetration testing. If you want to reap the benefits of pen testing, one of the best methods is to test the waters with a wireless or wifi pen test.
Wireless is here to stay and becoming more and more pervasive. The most famous case is the TJ Maxx case. Hackers broke in and stole records: which included millions of credit card numbers. The TJ Maxx security breach was many years ago when Wi-Fi security options were fewer and much weaker. In a nutshell, there is a well-known vulnerability in the WEP protocol and because TJ Maxx was ignorant of that fact, or overlooked it, they negatively affected their financial situation and their reputation. Your organization does not want to make similar mistakes, so make sure you do your due diligence to avoid a scenario similar to this one.
How To Perform A Successful Wireless Penetration Test
The term WiFi refers to wireless network technology that uses radio waves to establish wireless network connections. Due to the nature of WiFi and its methods for providing network access, malicious hackers often choose to penetrate a company by compromising its WiFi network and corresponding infrastructure devices. Homes are also at risk, especially due to the rise of IoT connected devices and appliances.
Wireless networks extend the internal environment to potential external attackers within range. Are your wireless networks secured? Are your public guest networks truly isolated from the private network? Wireless penetration tests assess the adequacy of multiple security controls designed to protect unauthorized access to wireless services.