Airport Authorities provide free Wi-Fi facility in the premises in order to facilitate travelers to connect to their comrades for work, entertainment and maximize their experience.
Business travelers connect to the airport Wi-Fi and share important information on cloud based networks (Dropbox, G-Suite, Office 365, etc) without realizing that they are putting their confidential information on the platter for the third parties to enjoy.
Coronet Security recently conducted a survey indentifying airports that have insecure networks and inadvertently put confidentiality and integrity of the important data at stake.
Airport operators often sacrifice Wi-Fi security for consumer’s convenience, leaving the network unsecured, unencrypted or improperly configured to allow them to connect to Wi-Fi easily without any hassle. However, this act inadvertently leads to traveler’s data being compromised by the adversaries who can utilize the insecure Airport Wi-Fi to introduce a plethora of network vulnerabilities like:
These network vulnerabilities can be utilized to:
Even if the Airport Wi-Fi is secured, attack Techniques such as Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK), can utilize the vulnerability in WPA2 protocols to peculate sensitive information from the device as well eavesdrop on the network to intercept shared information over public or private Wi-Fi.
Coronet security corporate operations have therefore come with a solution to help travelers identify network threats at airports, thereby protecting the device information from being compromised and avoid unauthorized access and ransomware and malware spread.
Coronet conducted a survey wherein data from more than 250,000 consumers of Airport Wi-Fi travelling via America’s 45 busiest airports was collected. The survey was conducted over the course of five months.
The collected data consisted of:
Following complete analysis, Coronet’s threat protection platform used proprietary algorithms to assign Coronet Threat index to all the airports in America denoting the probability of risk associated with Wi-Fi usage in the respective airports.
The greater the vulnerability scores the higher the risk. Score above 6.5 signifies unacceptable exposure.
As per the report San Diego, John Wayne, William P. Houston Hobby are the most vulnerable and Chicago-Midway, Raleigh Durham and Nashville are the most vulnerable airports.
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