The mobile generation demands access to the internet, email, and corporate networks wherever they roam in the office and around the city. To provide the always-connected access that people today want requires Wi-Fi hotspots both private and public.
RSA has conducted its annual Wireless Security Survey and dubbed London as the world's wireless network capital with a total of 12,276 access points detected. The number of access points detected in London exceeded those found in New York City by more than 3,000.
London and New York City may have the largest numbers of access points, but the survey found that Paris was the fastest growing city in the world for wireless access with a massive 543% year-over-year growth in access points.
The rate of yearly growth in London was 72% compared to 160% last year and in New York City access point growth was a much more modest 45%, down from 49% last year. The survey also looked at the type of security encryption used for the access points detected and specifically looked at the percentage of private home and business access points using the easily bypassed WEP encryption standard.
The survey found that in New York City 97% of corporate wireless networks were using encryption compared to 76% last year. In Paris 94% had encryption in place and according to the study a significant 20% of wireless networks in London lacked any encryption at all. 72% of the access points in Paris were using forms of encryption other than WEP while only 49% of networks in NYC were using encryption other than WEP and 48% in London were using other than WEP encryption.
London has more home wireless networks than corporate ones with 6,730 or 55% of networks discovered identified as home user networks. Home networks accounted for 18% of access points in NYC and 21% of access points in Paris. Home users are more adept at using strong encryption than business users. A full 98% of in-home networks are encrypted in Paris, 97% of home networks are encrypted in NYC and 90% in London.