Using Capsa for WiFi to Secure Your Wireless Network

Discussion in 'Capsa Network Analyzer' started by Colasoft, Dec 30, 2010.

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  1. Colasoft
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    Wireless technology is one of the most fast-growing network technologies. It has been spreading rapidly around the company, campus, public area etc. Unfortunately, many implementations are being done without attention to issues of security and authentication. As a result, many wireless networks are set up so that anyone with mobile equipment can access, even from outside the building. Anyone with the proper equipment can also spy on traffic. The problem with WLAN users is that very few understand how their data is sent through the air, much less comprehend the associated risks.

    Recently a study discovered that 40 - 50% of the wireless users aren’t implementing any form of protection. Some wireless networks are encrypted with WEP key, which is significantly less secure than WPA. To prove my point, I randomly scanned wireless networks around my office building and found out 7 WLANs were encrypted by WEP keys, one network unencrypted among 15 SSID received. It takes no more than 10 minutes to crack a WEP password by BT3. WPA has helped to increase the security available to wireless network. But a good dictionary may brute forcing a WPA password when the pre-defined key is weak.

    Due to the broadcasting nature of radio propagation at typical Wi-Fi frequencies, anyone on the street or in the neighborhood will have chance to access to it. A whole subculture has sprung up of people going around, scanning for open wireless nodes, and publicizing them to people who want free wireless access. Capsa for WiFi helps network administrators manage access control by monitoring access IP addresses and security. Capsa for WiFi can detect all access IP addresses as well as peer hosts activities, to monitor network activities and identify network penetration and scanning anomalies. More specifically, any wireless engineers can use Capsa for WiFi to lock down network intruders, monitor clients’ online activities, and spot malware like worms, ARP attacks, Trojan horses etc. To deploy Capsa for WiFi is as simple as to connect your Caspa for WiFi equipped station with a common wireless card to your AP and enable traffic capturing on the fly. You can realize wireless network management without setting up port mirroring.

    By Jerry Meng (CCIE Security)
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  2. GeorgeM
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    GeorgeM Registered Member

    Unfortunately it won't install on Win XP, so I can't use it or even test it.
  3. Colasoft Support
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    Colasoft Support Colasoft Moderator

    Sorry George, I think it's a chance to move on to try something new ;)
  4. GeorgeM
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    GeorgeM Registered Member

    :) You might think so, but unfortunately that is a money decision and those decisions are made by people above my pay grade. :)
  5. Colasoft
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    Colasoft Colasoft Support

    Then, why not convince them to move to Window 7 which is really great;)
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