The business-led digital transformation transcending industries is here. With it come new security conversations around a more connected business world. What’s the biggest risk when it comes to networking? The experts say Wi-Fi.

Continuing their conversation on digital transformation, the risks and future security measures in networking, host Jason Claybrook re-welcomes Keith Fuentes and Mark Irwin with Samsung Knox, and Reid Estreicher with Samsung B2B Marketing.

So, why is Wi-Fi the risk? “Without encryption on the device, public Wi-Fi can give others access to your data very easily,” Fuentes said.

The key is to control the endpoints with added layers of security to prevent cyber criminals and hackers from accessing sensitive information. With public networks, this can get tricky. Samsung believes they have an answer.

“The answer is really micro-segmenting Wi-Fi networks. It’s about creating L2/L3 domains to enable a ‘private’ part of the public Wi-Fi,” Irwin said.

Another issue with public Wi-Fi is the threat of compromised devices joining the network. Samsung believes to have a solution for that as well.

“If you can prevent that device that’s been breached or hacked from coming onto the public Wi-Fi, you have another layer of security,” Estreicher said.

This new technology has the possibility of making public networks at least somewhat safer. But what else is on the horizon? Much of the buzz in the industry over Wi-Fi and security revolves around 5G. As 5G has become more powerful and approached standardization, so has its security.

Security is going to be much stronger for 5G networks, but the rise of 5G doesn’t mean the end of 4G. “One thing people don’t talk about is that when 4G hit, 3G got faster. The same is true of 5G and 4G. Plus, 4G continues to evolve on its own,” Irwin said.

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