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Rogue device

(also rogue access point, unauthorized device)

Rogue device definition

A rogue device refers to an unauthorized piece of equipment that connects to a network without approval, posing a threat to the network's security. These devices are capable of capturing sensitive data, gaining unpermitted access to systems, or initiating cyberattacks. They can manifest as wireless access points, network switches, routers, or other types of network devices.

See also: packet sniffing, rogue access point, active attack, network security protocols

Rogue device examples

  • Rogue access point: An unauthorized wireless access point connected to a network, often used by attackers to intercept data or launch man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Rogue network switch: An unauthorized network switch connected to a network, potentially providing unauthorized access or creating backdoors for cybercriminals.
  • Unauthorized IoT device: An unsecured Internet of Things device connected to a network, which can be exploited to compromise network security or spread malware.

Tips on dealing with rogue devices

  • Monitor your network for unauthorized devices using network scanning tools.
  • Establish and enforce strict network access policies for employees and devices.
  • Implement network segmentation to limit the potential damage caused by rogue devices.
  • Use NordVPN to encrypt your internet connection and protect your data from interception.