Companies struggle to secure wireless networks

Corporate wireless networks are being left open to hackers as companies struggle to implement adequate security measures, a study claims.

According to a survey commissioned by encryption company nCipher, less than half the respondents questioned said their firms planned to roll out 802.1x to protect networks within the next two years.

The report found that adoption of such technology is being held back by the difficulty of managing cryptographic keys. The survey found that ten percent of companies have to look after 10,000 encryption keys situated on servers and desktops.

"The greater use of encryption, decryption, signing and authentication means that managing cryptographic keys across the enterprise is becoming increasingly complex and diverse," said Richard Moulds, vice president marketing at nCipher. "We believe there will be significant growth in the number of cryptographic keys that needs to be managed, clearly demonstrating there is a growing need in the marketplace for systems and prcesses to manage this booming issue."

The survey also found that three-quarters of companies are using, or are planning to use cryptography to underpin security within their infrastructure.

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