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Wireless security survey

Wireless network security landscape of India


With the increasing popularity of wireless networks, the need to be adequately protected against threats becomes paramount.  However, limited awareness about the risks of using unsecured or poorly secured wireless network devices, coupled with the wide-spread availability of affordable wireless networking equipment has exposed users to potential misuse of these unsecured wireless networks.

There is an imperative need to secure wireless networks today, not only to protect one's personal or businesses information, but also in light of the recent wireless network security breaches by unauthorised individuals. Media coverage of the exploits evoked considerable public interest and served as a wake-up call to individuals and businesses across India.

With a view to increasing wireless network security awareness among the public, the Enterprise Risk Services ("ERS") division of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited ('Deloitte India') released a first of its kind "Wireless Security Survey" with a focus on the Mumbai metropolis in October 2008.  A booklet providing step-by-step details to secure commonly used wireless network equipment was also released simultaneously.

By extending the survey to other cities in the country, Deloitte India has attempted to highlight the state of wireless network security on a nation-wide basis.  The survey has been carried out using the WarDriving technique described in the methodology in Annexure II.  This survey should be read in conjunction with the disclaimer provided on the last page of the attached document.

We believe that increasing end user awareness and making a conscious decision to secure wireless networks will go a long way towards he goal of making India 'Wi-Fi secure".