Wireless is on the rise in UK firms


Wireless is on the rise in UK firms

UK companies are investing heavily in wireless technology, a Computer Weekly survey has found.

Twenty eight per cent of the IT directors and senior IT managers at more than 400 UK companies surveyed said they had implemented wireless technology, and a further 40% said they planned to do so by 2005.

The survey also found strong boardroom support for wireless networking. Eighty two per cent of board directors said they favoured the use of wireless technology, compared to 34% of IT managers.

Analysts have voiced concerns about the vulnerability of wireless technology to hacking but of those firms already using the technology only 5% admitted to a security breach of their wireless networks in the past year.

Forty seven per cent of firms said they relied on out-of-the-box wireless security, such as WEP, which is built into wireless hubs, rather than best practice security measures such as deploying firewalls to protect networks.

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