Sunday, April 30, 2006, 4/30/2006 06:30:00 PM

Local Laws Look to Protect Against Wi-Fi Crime

From Wi-Fi Planet, a story about a local law set to be passed in Westchester County, New York (just north of New York City) which would require additional security measures on Wi-Fi networks. According to the article, businesses that use a wireless LAN to handle sensitive customer data, will be required to make sure it's secure. This could include such measures as internal firewalls to switching on a system to changing a network's SSID identifier.

Even public places like coffee shops that offer Wi-Fi service will be required to required to post signs reminding users to turn on personal firewalls and embedded 802.11 protection.

We're all for protecting confidential information, especially trade secrets, but a local law setting up local standards may not be a step in the right direction.

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