Workplace and government networks are increasingly growing in size and complexity, with hundreds of devices connected. Network security goes beyond just the employee laptop; there are phones, tablets, and other devices to worry about.

Managing and securing endpoints has become much more difficult, leaving many businesses open to rogue wireless devices lurking on their networks. While traditional scanning may work for small companies or individuals, to ensure there are no unwanted devices on your network, businesses need to implement a strategic wireless device detection plan, including the use of helpful devices like the Zone Protector from Cellbusters.

Why Wireless Device Detection Matters

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The average worker uses 2.4 devices at work to complete their tasks, and that’s not including any devices the business uses for daily tasks such as registers, cameras, extra phones, and more. There is an abundance of devices using company networks and businesses need to protect their private information from rogue devices; devices that are connected to the system but do not have permission to be on it. 

While company issued devices like laptops should adhere to the best cybersecurity practices the company can have, rogue devices do not have the same level of security on them. For example, a worker’s cell phone could be used by malicious attackers to gain access to the company’s system. If not managed correctly, these devices, unknown to the worker, can leave open doors to the system. Once a rogue device is plugged into the network, they can steal information or cause disruption to the network, and in some cases do permanent damage to the systems. 

There are steps to help prevent rogue devices from attacking networks, including strong passwords, not connecting to a public Wi-Fi on company computers, turning off Bluetooth on personal devices, and using personal hotspots to connect to the internet. One of the best ways to protect company networks, though, is through properly securing the network means with wireless device detection systems. Wireless device detection methods allow companies and individuals to identify and assess all of the devices on their wireless networks, protecting their privacy.

Wireless Device Detection For the Military

Businesses aren’t the only ones that need to protect their privacy and information; finding unwanted wireless devices is especially important in the government and military. Classified information needs to be kept secret and with a mobile military and government that is constantly traveling, it’s hard to make sure an area is secure of devices. 

Temporary SCIFs are becoming more common and with strict guidelines, they need the best technology to find rogue devices and protect the information exchanged within the room. This means being able to detect wireless devices on the move while managing the ones that are allowed. Wireless device detection for the military and other branches of government needs to be flexible and detect a range of international signals. Without proper detection and monitoring, it is easy for rogue devices to slip into the network or SCIF and potentially access sensitive information.

How to Detect Wireless Devices 

The intranets and extranets of a business or government can be vast webs. Organizations need to be able to manage these networks and take stock of all the devices that are connected in order to start protecting themselves.

However, many companies, government facilities, and prisons rely on traditional methods to avoid rogue devices on their networks, including banning phones and using metal detectors. While these methods may catch some devices, they are outdated, inefficient, and a threat to companies’ security. 

Instead, businesses and governments with large networks should invest in wireless device detection products, such as specially designed scanners, that help to find and manage all devices on a network, including rogue devices. Wireless detection devices are widely available and each one has different features to fit different needs. In most models, they allow administrators to oversee who is on the network, the ability to whitelist any devices, and have powerful ranges to protect facilities of all sizes.

Wireless Device Detection Solutions

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While there are many wireless device detection solutions available on the market, such as cellphone detector apps, products like Cellbuster’s Zone Protector are the ultimate solution for companies looking to defend their networks from rogue devices and have the ability to manage all devices on their networks.

The Zone Protector has many benefits including its sleek design that allows it to hide in plain sight and an easy to use interface for IT administrators. Other features for the Zone Protector include:

  • Zero false positives – Amazing detection accuracy
  • Easy to deploy and works out of the box
  • Can adjust to small rooms or larger areas for any sized facility
  • Detects all protocols: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, LTS, GSM, CDMA, Bluetooth, and more
  • Detects all cell phones in all countries
  • Can control third party devices using the included interface

The Zone Protector is flexible for any type of business or government facility as it can be set up as a network device for centralized monitoring, or used as a portable device. It is highly sophisticated and will alert companies to any rogue device or relevant transmission activity, while being future-protected with upgrades and support from Cellbusters. 

Keeping Businesses Protected from Rogue Devices

By utilizing a wireless device detection system, such as the Zone Protector from Cellbusters, companies can have more control over who is on their network, from employee phones to more nefarious devices. They can manage their network with an easy to use interface and keep important information safe.