Zero Trust Must Extend to Wi-Fi Networks

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Author: Kayla Myrhow, product marketing manager, WatchGuard Technologies

According to marketsandmarkets, the global Wi-Fi market size is expected to grow from USD $9.4 billion in 2020 to USD $25.2 billion by 2026. Growing Wi-Fi usage fuels the global demand for Wi-Fi. It also creates an opportunity for risky behavior or a potential attack that impacts an organization’s security, primarily when employees work remotely or when IoT devices rely on Wi-Fi to connect to their corporate network.

When attackers use Wi-Fi networks to gain access to personal or business data, how do we minimize the impact on the company? Wi-Fi security is imperative to ensure the safety of companies. Falsified Wi-Fi access points, evil twins, and man-in-the-middle attacks are some of the most common Wi-Fi attacks. We’re experiencing more attacks parallel to the market growth, which means many companies are managing a broader attack surface than they’ve had to secure before.

The principle at the heart of a zero-trust framework is the safest bet for organizations and should extend to every element within the business ecosystem. Zero Trust requires total security for the entire network, which includes Wi-Fi. 

Zero trust network access (ZTNA) is an excellent approach to network security, but organizations often overlook securing Wi-Fi networks when implementing this security architecture. Zero Trust requires concern for data encryption, securing email, and verifying the hygiene of both assets and endpoints before connecting or allowing access to ensure comprehensive protection when navigating an increasingly complex threat environment.

To ensure “zero-trust” exists in an organization, admins must enable restrictive network access and secure the traffic on Wi-Fi connections by deploying extremely prohibitive access permissions based on the user’s identity, the device, and the context. 

Investing in solutions such as Wi-Fi 6 access points helps keep companies secure and benefit from what Zero Trust offers. Learn our favorite four ways to implement a zero-trust network architecture. 


Guest blog courtesy of WatchGuard Technologies. Read more WatchGuard guest blogs here. Regularly contributed guest blogs are part of ChannelE2E’s sponsorship program.

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