Busy Atlanta airport shuts down WiFi after cyber attack on the city

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Busy Atlanta airport shuts down WiFi after cyber attack on the city

A few days ago Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport took down it's Wi-Fi access after the city of Atlanta experienced a cyber-attack.

Chief Operating Officer, Richard Cox indicated that city officials learned of the attack at 5:40 a.m. last Thursday, according to a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta. The city is working with federal agencies and the private sector to address the cyber attack.

City employees were asked to stay off their computers until the cyber attack can be assessed, preventing any further issues.

Welcome to the new world. Now that we as a society have gone digital, the number of cyber attacks continues to rise. The sophistication of these attacks is also growing making digital security a major issue for governments and businesses alike.

But what does this have to do with Wi-Fi?

While not directly affected by the cyber attack, Atlanta's airport, who provides free Wi-Fi access to its customers shut down the service as a precaution.

Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to hacking if not set up correctly or if you are not using a Wi-Fi access point that limits those vulnerabilities.

Supplying free Wi-Fi to customers has become a common business tactic to grow customers and loyalty. Every business should take a look at their Wi-Fi security as well as digital security for their websites and business networks to keep from costly business losses and downtime.

If you are interested in learning more about Wi-Fi security and how to set up your Wi-Fi access points to protect against attack, Restech Information Services is co-hosting an event at Drago's in Metairie on April 12, 2018. 

Restech and Aerohive will guide you through the best set up for your business so you can keep attracting and retaining your customers without creating un-necessary security risks.  

If you are a greater New Orleans area business you can register for the event.  Register for event here.

Free WiFi Event

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