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Dynamically Enabling and Controlling Access to Wi-Fi networks Protected by Networked and Cloud-based Two-factor Authentication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244913D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-29
Document File: 5 page(s) / 477K

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Abstract

This publication describes a method for enabling and controlling access to Wi-Fi networks in business establishments (such as hotels) that are protected by cloud based second factor authentication (2FA).

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Dynamically Enabling and Controlling Access to Wi-Fi networks Protected by Networked and Cloud-based Two-factor Authentication

Srinath Venkataramani Alok Naik

Symantec Corporation

Abstract

This publication describes a method for enabling and controlling access to Wi-Fi networks in business establishments (such as hotels) that are protected by cloud based second factor authentication (2FA).

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Dynamically Enabling and Controlling Access to Wi-Fi networks Protected by Networked and Cloud-based Two-factor Authentication

Problem Statement

Typically, business establishments in verticals such as hospitality industry (like hotels, restaurants, and the like), provide Wi-Fi access to their customers. Presently, these are invariably protected by static access codes or PINs.

This approach has some issues:

a) Weak security: Static access PINs or passcodes based on room numbers, guest last names, and the like, are very weak. Any person in the Wi-Fi range can either guess or social engineer to determine the code to access the Wi-Fi.

b) Bad user experience: Guests/customers are provided with passcode slips that they have to enter on the Wi-Fi authentication page. Further, once the lease expires, similar printed material is supplied. Also, it is cumbersome for the hotel staff to manage these passcodes.

Technically, with any given 2FA solution, the issue of weak security can be addressed. The Wi-Fi...