Wireless Hotspot Security

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 21 February 2008, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Dr. Alemerindo Graziano, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University


Wireless Hotspots are becoming more and more widespread today, from airport lounges and coffee bars up to corporate environments to provide guest access to the Internet and to intranet Web pages. Traditionally designed to provide open access to users (but not necessarily free of charge), wireless hotspots provide numerous opportunities for malicious activities that may result in loss of important confidential information. Security of wireless hotspots must be ensured by service providers to protect their users and customers. It is however, also responsibility of wireless hotspot users to understand the security threats of wireless hotspots in order to take adequate protections when using them and avoid falling victim of attacks.

In this talk the author presents the latest attacks to wireless hotspots, at the same time identifying protective measures for both the service providers and users.


Almerindo is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, where he leads the MSc in Information Systems Security, in collaboration with the British Standard Institution (BSI). He is also a member of the GIAC advisory board and serves as a mentor for the SANS Institute for their course on “Assessing and Securing Wireless Networks”, which he lately delivered to the security team of HSBC plc. He holds the OPST certification from ISECOM, the GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks (GAWN) from SANS, and he is a BSI-certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor trainer and auditor.

Almerindo Graziano is also the Director and founder of Silensec, a company providing consultancy services in information security and specialized ISO27001 compliance, technical security assessments and security training. He holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in mobile computer security, both from the University of Naples (Italy).