SOURCE: Network Chemistry

December 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Network Chemistry Wireless Threat Index Reveals Increased Risks to Corporate Data

New Data From Thousands of Laptops and Over One Million Connections Warns That Widespread Use of Unsecured Devices Threatens Confidential Assets

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- Network Chemistry Inc., the wireless security experts, today announced the latest Network Chemistry Wireless Threat Index™ report, the only ongoing index to track and reveal trends that help enterprises and government organizations protect themselves from emerging wireless threats. The index analyzed over one million network connections across a wide range of devices, revealing that mobile device usage is on the rise, and dangerous end-user connectivity continues to increase the potential risk to organizations.

Wireless networks and mobile devices provide great potential for increased productivity, but they also create a new level of security risks. Wireless attacks and employee misuse threaten confidential corporate data and assets, both inside and outside an organization's facilities. The Wireless Threat Index was established to monitor these threats and assess the ongoing risk. The wireless network has the same challenges as the fixed, wired network, and organizations must have a pre-emptive plan of action to prevent wireless attacks and policy violations that can compromise their data privacy and regulatory compliance. Security managers need to plan for, monitor and mitigate potential wireless threats as well as react quickly when a breach occurs.

Key comparisons with the previous report that was published in May 2006 show that:

--  Wireless usage increased by 8.2 percent
--  Potential VPN policy violations increased by 11.8 percent
--  Attempts to create ad-hoc networks increased by 9.5 percent
--  Connections to unknown APs increased by 8 percent
"The continued growth in wireless device usage as reflected in this report only increases the potential for wireless attacks and employee misuse," said Dr. Chris Waters, CTO of Network Chemistry. "Network Chemistry's Wireless Threat Index continues to provide IT and security personnel with information that enables them to better understand and track emerging wireless threats, putting them in a position to mitigate any potential risks."

The data compiled for the Wireless Threat Index analysis was gathered from thousands of laptops running the RFprotect™ Endpoint product and the connections made in offices, on the road and in homes. The index consists of several components listed below:

--  Risk Profile: Describes significant wireless-related threats such as
    ad-hoc connections, unknown access points (APs), VPN violations and lack of
    firewall protection that organizations and their endpoints face
--  Connection Methods: Covers the different interface types used when
    endpoints make a network connection
--  Known vs. Unknown Connections: Describes the percentage of connections
    to authorized vs. unknown networks
The data continues to highlight the fact that mobile devices are a serious security risk to organizations threatening their assets, data and ability to comply with industry and regulatory mandates. The reports can help organizations evaluate where they are at greatest risk, promote best security practices and prioritize investment in wireless security solutions.


The current Wireless Threat Index report is now available. For more information, please visit

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Network Chemistry is the industry standard for securing the mobile enterprise. The world's most successful enterprises and demanding government agencies trust Network Chemistry's wireless security solutions to prevent attacks, detect vulnerabilities, intrusions and policy violations, accelerate incident response, and conduct surveys for wireless LAN deployment planning. Network Chemistry has received numerous accolades, including being recognized as a Red Herring 100 company, receiving the top score in SC Magazine's "Wireless Security Group Test," as well as its "Global Award," and "5 Star Winner" honors; Network Computing's "Editor's Choice" and "Best Value"; and 802.11 Planet's "Best of Show." The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, visit or call 1-888-952-6477.

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