WPA2 KRACK security vulnerability

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You may have been made aware of a recent wireless exploit that breaks the security of Wi-Fi connections.  We have put together guidance below which we hope is useful:

Summary
This Monday a number of vulnerabilities was found the WPA2 protocol will impact all organisation using secured wireless. The WPA2 protocol is used to setup the secure communication between wireless devices and the access points they connect to. This vulnerability will impact you if you are using WPA2-PSK (password) or WPA2-Enterprise (username/password).

Impact
As the vulnerability impacts the protocol used with WPA2 this will affect all wireless vendors unless a software update has been deployed. The research was embargoed so we have seen a number of vendors pre-issue patches before the announcement of this issue. Please refer to your manufacturers website for more information.

Mitigation
There is currently no mitigation for this vulnerability. Software updates will become available over the coming days, for those with automatically updating systems (typically cloud based) this should happen automatically. Others will need to manually update your wireless LAN controllers, this may require a support contract to be in place.

Risk
The attack will enable an attacker to gain full access to your secured wireless network as well as inject malicious packets and snoop on any encrypted traffic. Physical proximity will be needed to the wireless network however due to wireless network propagation this may not require the attacker to be within your premises.

Likelihood
The skill level required to execute this attack is currently not know as the full research will not be released until November 1st. We would advise customers to update their systems, using manufacturer tools, before this date as it is likely this exploit will be incorporated into wireless attacking toolkits which will reduce the skill level required to utilise.

There are Stars amongst our team

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On Friday 21st July, C-Ways once again attended the annual STARS Apprenticeship Awards in Scarborough, having been nominated in the following categories; Small Business of the Year, Business Administration Apprentice of the Year, IT Apprentice of the Year and the Judges Special Apprentice Award.

We are thrilled to announce that we were successful in all categories, with Louis and Liam coming runner up in the Business Apprentice and Judges Special Apprentice categories respectively, and Dan winning the IT Apprentice category. The company as a whole also took home the Small Business of the Year award, after a surprise nomination. Overall, we are extremely proud of everyone who was nominated, well done guys!

Genetec Release New SharpOS Firmware Version

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Genetec SharpOS 10.2 SR2 and 11.4 SR1 Now Available

In the aftermath of the WannaCry ransomware attacks, Genetec sent an update on the potential vulnerabilities with older Sharp 2.0, Sharp 3.0, SharpX, and SharpXS devices, inviting concerned customers to contact C-Ways in order to apply precautionary measures against cybersecurity risks posed by WannaCry. Since then, Genetec have been working hard to provide new updates that address the vulnerabilities that were exploited at that time. Read More

The Works Win C-Ways Open Day Prize Draw

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“Working with C-Ways to implement a new head office LAN infrastructure has gone extremely well and we are very happy with the end result! The project was delivered on schedule with first class support. We would highly recommend C-Ways for future IT projects of this kind.”

- Tom Scott (IT Director, The Works)

C-Ways Managing Director Nick Jackson at The Works HQ yesterday presenting the Barco ClickShare, won by The Works at our recent Technology Day. Over the last 12 months, C-Ways have been working with The Works designing and deploying an enterprise level IP network and security infrastructure for their new head office and distribution warehouse. Read More

Extreme Networks Buying Avaya Networking good for Customers of Both Companies

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Combining Avaya’s networking business with Extreme Networks creates a company with best-inclass products that span the entire enterprise network.

The fate of Avaya’s networking business has been the subject of speculation for well over a year now. In December, I wrote about the most likely suitors for the business. Ideally, I would have liked to have seen Avaya remain a “full stack” solution provider and keep the group, but it appears that wasn’t in the bankruptcy cards.

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C-Ways Needs You

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C-Ways Needs You!

For more than 17 years C-Ways has been providing leading-edge, innovative IT solutions to our customers spanning the length and breadth of the UK. As we enter 2017, we are developing our service range and as such are looking for talented professionals to join our team. Read More