The risks to users of wireless technology have increased as the service has become more popular. There were relatively few dangers when wireless technology was first introduced. Hackers had not yet had time to latch on to the new technology and wireless was not commonly found in the work place. However, there are a great number of security risks associated with the current wireless protocols and encryption methods, and in the carelessness and ignorance that exists at the user and corporate IT level. Hacking methods have become much more sophisticated and innovative with wireless. Hacking has also become much easier and more accessible with easy-to-use Windows or Linux-based tools being made available on the web at no charge and a plethora of video tutorial material openly visible to all on youtube.
Regular, unmanaged consumer grade wireless equipment offers little protection or visibility of access violations. Wireless security is necessary to protect any business network from the threats from unmanaged devices and unknown or untrusted users