National Wireless Security Survey - India

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Deloitte released the results of this survey titled, "Wireless Security Survey" along with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI). NASSCOM established the DSCI as a self-regulatory organization (SRO). DSCI has an independent Board of Directors, guided by a Steering Committee with members drawn from leading IT and BPO companies, and from the best IT products companies of the world.  

The survey was aimed at assessing the use of security precautions and good practices in wireless environments across the country.
The key findings of the survey of the 35860 wireless networks seen are:
 
    37% appeared to be unprotected i.e. without any encryption.
 
    49% were using low level of protection i.e. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption.
 
    Balance 14% were using the more secure Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).
 
    This makes 86 % of the observed wireless networks relatively easy to compromise.
The 12 cities surveyed were categorized into Group I and Group II cities based on size:

Group I - Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai*, National-Capital Region (NCR)**. 
Group II - Ahmedabad, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pune.  

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