With Internet crime on the rise, building a secure business Wi-Fi network can be a real challenge. It’s imperative that business owners take into account the best measures for safeguarding data, employees and business interests.
Between 2010 and 2011, Internet crime rose approximately 3.4 percent, with reported crimes hitting a high of 314,246. Worldwide, that accounted for $485,253,871 total monetary loss for these combined complaints. The majority of this income was lost in the United States, the country that accounted for a numbing 90 percent of all reported Internet crimes around the world. Its states with the highest numbers were California, Texas, Florida, Ohio and New York. Rounding out the top five countries with the most reported Internet crimes are Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and India.
In hopes of having some sort of impact on this growing source of criminality, entities like the Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI) have established guidelines and regulations a business must set in place when establishing a Wi-Fi network. These measures are supposed to ensure greater monitoring of potential hazardous activity and the best ways to secure information on the Internet.
Network authentication and legal indemnification are two safeguards every business should implement in order to maintain further compliance with government standards. Both are sound solutions where internal securities are put in place to help curb outside disruption to the network. Authentication utilizes identify verification through user names, passwords and settings, including access limits. Indemnification puts responsibility on the user to ensure their web behavior is safe, helping to protect the business from any liability or criminality. Compliance with the right agencies and the construction of usage reports is also highly recommended.