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What Healthcare CIOs Need to Know about Wireless Networks

WLAN security – Software encryption alone is insufficient

Category: Wireless networking/WLAN/Wi-Fi

Date: 04 April 2007, 15:00

Company: Motorola

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Ensuring secure patient information is the most important concern for meeting Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. How can you guarantee the privacy of your healthcare facility’s critical information when it is transmitted over a wireless local area network (WLAN)?

The security of a data network can only be compromised when it is accessible. In a traditional wired LAN, you must first plug into an Ethernet connection. In contrast, wireless networks rely on easily intercepted Radio Frequency (RF) transmissions. To secure a wireless network, software encryption is not enough – you must also physically secure your wireless signals by understanding where users may have access to the network.

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