Using WEP Could Cost You One Billion Dollars

If your senior management keep demanding to know the ROI on new security gear when you bring them quotes to have your wireless infrastructure upgraded, just show them this story. I’m sure it will help you convince them that a small investment in wireless security would indeed be worth the measly cost of a few WPA-capable access points.

An old story that has been in the news a lot has finally produced a new wrinkle: skilled and methodical attackers compromised TJX Cos.’ wireless network because it was protected by nothing stronger than WEP — and the remediation price tag could hit one billion dollars. Though this story is real, it reads as if it were custom-tailored to incent your senior management to upgrade your wireless gear.

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