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Sample Wireless Communication Policy

December 1, 2003
Related Topics: Technology and the Law, Policies and Procedures, Featured Article, Technology

This policy was reprinted with permission of Stephen Northcutt, The SANS Institute.

1.0 Purpose
This policy prohibits access to networks via unsecured wireless communication mechanisms. Only wireless systems that meet the criteria of this policy or have been granted an exclusive waiver by InfoSec are approved for connectivity to 's networks.

2.0 Scope
This policy covers all wireless data communication devices (e.g., personal computers, cellular phones, PDAs, etc.) connected to any of 's internal networks. This includes any form of wireless communication device capable of transmitting packet data. Wireless devices and/or networks without any connectivity to ’s networks do not fall under the purview of this policy.

3.0 Policy

3.1 Register Access Points and Cards
All wireless Access Points / Base Stations connected to the corporate network must be registered and approved by InfoSec. These Access Points / Base Stations are subject to periodic penetration tests and audits. All wireless Network Interface Cards (i.e., PC cards) used in corporate laptop or desktop computers must be registered with InfoSec

3.2 Approved Technology
    All wireless LAN access must use corporate-approved vendor products and security configurations.

3.3 VPN Encryption and Authentication
All computers with wireless LAN devices must utilize a corporate-approved Virtual Private Network (VPN) configured to drop all unauthenticated and unencrypted traffic. To comply with this policy, wireless implementations must maintain point to point hardware encryption of at least 56 bits. All implementations must support a hardware address that can be registered and tracked, i.e., a MAC address. All implementations must support and employ strong user authentication which checks against an external database such as TACACS+, RADIUS or something similar.

3.4 Setting the SSID
The SSID shall be configured so that it does not contain any identifying information about the organization, such as the company name, division title, employee name, or product identifier.

4.0 Enforcement
Any employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

5.0 Definitions Terms 
User Authentication: A method by which the user of a wireless system can be verified as a legitimate user independent of the computer or operating system being used.

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