Employees 'forcing Wi-Fi rollout'
by Cudni 08:03AM Thursday Apr 21 2005
by Matt Loney
Companies are finding themselves forced to roll out Wi-Fi to solve problems caused by frustrated employees who are doing it themselves, anecdotal evidence suggests.
Employees are creating security holes in their corporate networks by setting up their own WiFi hot spots under their desks, senior executives warned on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Wireless LAN conference in London, Anurag Lal, vice-president of business development at iPass, said that Wi-FI has become a double-edged sword for many companies. Lal gave the example of a large Boston-based financial institution who resisted iPass's initial approach. "They resisted us for a long time," said Lal, "saying 'we don't believe in Wi-Fi so we are not deploying Wi-Fi', then six months later we got a call from the head of IT who said 'come in we need your help'"
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