Definition: WEP is an acronym that stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy which was an earlier standard for security for wireless networks (802.11). This particular protection algorithm (which encrypts messages) was later superseded by WPA (Wi-Fi). Protecting wireless communication with computers is particularly important. Many organizations use radio waves to network and avoid having to re-wire their buildings. Without this capacity mobile computing is at serious risk.

This particular protocol is weak.

WEP, wired equivalent privacy

Its Relevance: Wireless computing solutions offer great flexibility to businesses and organizations but the process must be secured. The technology increases vulnerabilities. The radio waves that are broadcast by wireless networking devices permeate in every direction and dissipate as they go. Anyone who has a listening device can potentially intercept the signal. Wireless computing must be a part of an organization's information security plan.

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