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Descartes Specification Language for Wireless Device Control


Hackers are able to maintain long-term access to target environments through wireless devices. An attacker using a wireless device can hack into and infect an organization system with somewhat ease. Wireless device control has become a major concern in organizations as attackers are able to infect systems and initiate major theft by connecting wirelessly to access points inside an organization. Seeking a solution for unauthorized access to an organization's network is important. By hacking into an organization's network, attackers can cause much damage. Information, especially confidential information about customers, can be leaked. Hackers can also initiate theft of money and resources. Security is a major concern in the computing field as technology advances and hackers are able to find loopholes. The Critical Security Controls effort focuses first on prioritizing security functions that are effective against the latest Advanced Targeted Threats, with a strong emphasis on "What Works". Standardization and automation is another top priority, to gain operational efficiencies while also improving effectiveness. There are 20 SANS Critical Controls. Each critical control describes: how attackers exploit the absence of this control; how to implement, automate, and measure the effectiveness of this control; procedures and tools to implement and automate this control; and diagram. Wireless device control is SANS Critical Control 7. This report discusses the development of a Descartes specification for wireless device control to reduce security concerns and for preventing hackers from gaining access to an organization's system.


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