What are rogue access points?

A rogue access point (AP) is a wireless access point that has been installed on a secure company network without authorization. Rogue APs can pose a security threat because it can potentially allow a backdoor into a secure network to unauthorized parties.

Our network is designed so that the agency’s users and systems are as protected as possible from outside attack. Plugging in a rogue AP, like a home wireless router, into the state network bypasses much of that security and could provide access for unauthorized personnel resulting in a possible data breach.

If you would like wireless access at your workstation, you have access to the building’s Aeris wifi network. The passkey for Aeris can be found on the CTS Intranet homepage and the Service Desk can answer questions on how to setup the connection if you require. If you need to use the wifi to access your network drives or other services requiring you to be logged into the domain, ask your manager about getting VPN access.

If you see what you believe to be a rogue wireless AP, please notify the CTS Service Desk (Ph.753-2454,ServiceDesk@cts.wa.gov) with the details such as where it was seen and the wireless ID so that the CTS SOC can follow up and help the owner find a way to meet their wifi needs using proper CTS infrastructure.