CEDIA has released a new ‘best practices’ white paper addressing networking security.
The white paper, titled “Networking Security Best Practices,” is available to members at no-cost. Download your copy here.
In addition, CEDIA is offering a free webinar on Thursday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on network security. The “Protecting Customer Information by Securing the Network” webinar will discuss how to protect your customer’s network and increase your referrals by helping clients feel safe and secure about their personal data.
Attendees will receive instruction on the major security risks currently threatening residential networks as well as key practices to implement when designing, installing and configuring wired and wireless networks.
Click here to register for the free webinar.
According to CEDIA: “As an ESC, having the knowledge to protect your client’s network can be one of the best ways to deliver quality customer service to your customers. It’s time to stop “hoping for the best” and start getting pro-active.”
CEDIA recommends three tactics to implement when designing and installing a client’s network.
1) Identify the vulnerable.
A primary benefit of a wireless network is the ease and convenience of connecting devices. This is also its biggest downfall. In most cases, as soon as the integrated router (or access point) is connected to the modem, the wireless clients within range will immediately request and be granted connectivity, both internally and to the Internet.
It’s imperative to check whether clients have the necessary built-in security features that are designed to help protect the WLAN from attacks.
2) Know the “do’s and don’ts” of configuring an access point.
A few things to remember:
* Turn off the wireless router when not in use.
* Whenever possible, use WPA or WPA2 security on the wireless router
* Disable SSID broadcast
* Always change the default admin username and password
3) Stay On Top Of Industry Best Practices
Today’s “connected” landscape is constantly changing and as more and more consumers are wanting more sophisticated ways to connect to different media options in their homes, staying up-to-date on the current best practices and trends is important.