Thursday, July 13, 2006

IT Security misinformation in the NHS

After a review of a lightweight FujitsuSiemens tablet PC a reader commented that "I was dismayed by a Trust IT engineer response to a question about the timetable for wireless networking to the effect that the best wireless security can be hacked -wirelessly-in 10 minutes so the Trust is not considering it".

This is typical of someone who knows enough about IT to be dangerous being put in a position where someone actually respects their opinion. The IT "engineer" {choking on the abuse of the word 'engineer'} is living in the past. This was almost certainly true of Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) which could be decrypted from a finite number of data packets by finding patterns of known words in the header.

However, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) sorted all that long ago (was it Windows XP SP2?). Get over it and get using Wi-Fi.

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