London opts for WLANs

A poll of 20 big City organisations has revealed that half are deploying wireless LAN networks over the next 12 months

Companies in the City of London are increasingly using wireless LANs for high-speed data networking but the "perceived lack of security" is still the main barrier to their uptake, according to the latest research.

A poll of 20 IT security managers at financial services and energy-related organisations in London's financial centre showed half are deploying WLANs over the next 12 months.

Ninety percent of those polled said security will be as good as today's wireline LANs over the next three to five years but replacing the crackable WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) security standard -- encryption software which ships with most 802.11 WLANs -- is still a factor for IT managers.

The survey was conducted by security specialists Defcom.

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