A rogue access point is a wireless access point installed on a network’s wired infrastructure without the consent of the network’s owner. Rogue access points are used for various attacks, including denial of service, data theft, and other malware deployments. Rogue access points can create serious security holes in an enterprise network, leaving it vulnerable to attacks from outside.
A mobile device could also act as such if configured to broadcast a wireless signal and grant access to the network. In addition, mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets can be set up to act as Wi-Fi hotspots or tethering devices, enabling other devices to connect to the internet through them. Unfortunately, if an unauthorized user sets up a rogue access point on their mobile device and connects it to a network without proper authorization, they could gain access to sensitive information or compromise security.
A best practice in identifying a rogue access point is to utilize a network performance monitoring tool. These programs can monitor thin and thick access points and their associated clients over various intervals.
One of the most efficient methods for safeguarding your business against rogue access points is implementing a comprehensive “zero trust” strategy. Zero trust strategies require extensive preparation, including educating employees about cyber risks, creating policies prohibiting any user’s installation of rogue access points, and actively keeping your network secure.
In conclusion, a rogue access point has been configured to act as a wireless access point without proper authorization, potentially jeopardizing the network’s security.