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No Wi-Fi in the Houses of Parliament in London make MPs surly: Equipment provided by the Parliament’s IT department have wireless communications disabled. MPs with their own laptops cannot use Wi-Fi within the Parliamentary Estate to access its network. While MPs are irritated, they also do clearly understand the security issues that have led to this.
It’s clear that the Houses of Parliament haven’t yet implemented 802.1X and end-point security, which would answer many of the concerns of security. With the appropriate client software for the two functions—some vendors can package both in one piece of software—logins are secured and restricted. The adapters (Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and dial-up) can be disabled except for specific networks. The 802.1X portion allows a secure connection to a specific network with enforceable policies.
Posted by Glennf at February 8, 2006 11:12 PM
Categories: gov't WLANs