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How Can Exposed Public Wi-Fi Networks be Secured?

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, February 20, 2020

 Public Wi-Fi NetworksWith the cyberattacks growing more and more, Wi-Fi security protocols for smart cities need to be shielded against rogue Wi-Fi networks, with assurance concerning robust encryption.


FREMONT, CA :Wi-Fi access and Wi-Fi networks around the city are necessary assets to smart cities and towns. Network availability has started coming at a cost since public Wi-Fis have become vulnerable to cyberattacks. Nevertheless, a significant difference can be made by merging secure encryption and implementation in the manner the citizens and visitors are kept secured by the cities.

The users can distinguish between a Wi-Fi network of the town and website landing pages by including captive portal authentications. The fraudsters can seamlessly duplicate these pages by applying a code to the site itself. So, the most dependable option available is to implement a purer authentication method on both sides.

  It can be done through 802.1x, which includes an extra layer of user-authenticated security and builds a tunnel from that user to the point of access. Furthermore, PKI certificates can be utilized by the cities to provide complete automated and secure connections. It is the most common public encryption method. X.509 PKI certificates uniquely identify End-users and devices in this system.

While methods like Hotspot 2.0 protocols, which is an industry-wide implemented concept for making Wi-Fi roaming easier is working, the market is moving towards 5G. 5G technology has an enormous scope against conventional wireless services. The state governments have started their search that goes beyond 5G and is thinking through 6G and even 7G as cities, developing a network, and building infrastructure as long as for 30 years.

Public Wi-Fi offers several possibilities for smart cities and supports local economies. According to the National Leagues of Cities, the economic-based cities around digital technologies are most likely to have unemployment and poverty, and average income level and gross domestic product per capita of an urban area correspond to its strength of the internet sector.

The public Wi-Fi powers the Internet of Things devices and also supports the government as a technique to back the states and cities, bridge infrastructure gaps, and help them in prepping for natural disasters. Additionally, it can be valuable in addressing income inequality by offering internet to citizens who cannot afford it.

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