The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a set of guidelines to help governments secure wireless local area networks in response to increasing numbers of devices connecting to networks.
In its full report, NIST addresses agencies’ WLAN architecture and says Wi-Fi security is dependent on each connected component.
NIST recommends agencies use six practices for ensuring their Wi-Fi networks are more secure:
- Standardize security configurations for common WLAN components such as mobile devices.
- When planning WLAN security, consider the network itself as well as how it will affect the security of other networks.
- Establish policies clearly defining when and what types of dual connections are permitted and prohibited for devices connecting to the WiFi.
- Ensure that devices connecting to WiFi are complaint with organization network policies.
- Conduct attack and vulnerability monitoring.
- Assess technical security of WLANs on a regular schedule.