WiFi passwords – recover or stay secure?

A WiFi security auditing facility for WPA networks could leave the door open to wireless network attacks.

ElcomSoft’s Wireless Security Auditor (EWSA) software has recently been updated with a password recovery utility. As reported by infosecurity (http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/12862/password-recovery-software-means-companies-are-no-longer-secure-when-using-wifi/) this software means that attackers could use multiple computers to carry-out a brute force attack on a WPA network.

Even though WPA is recognised as providing far superior protection than the WEP algorithm for WiFi, businesses need to carefully consider their need for¬†wireless connectivity. This should be carried out as part of a risk-benefit analysis of the company’s operations and assets.