Is Dish Network an Enterprise Security Threat?

June 24, 2014

In early January, Dish Networks Chairman Charles Ergen met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and other agency officials. According to Bloomberg News, Ergen was looking to buy the assets of DBSD North America Inc. and TerreStar Networks Inc. At issue are waivers, which AT&T and Verizon allege would change existing restrictions on airwave use.

There is also a potential security concern as well. If Dish Network gets FCC approval, it will acquire more satellite bandwidth to provide inexpensive data transmission to its customers. The caveat, according to Dan Neel of Endpoint Security is that a majority of that new communication space will be unencrypted. Neel states that Dish Network, like many consumer Internet providers, will simply leave the security of the signal to the end-user. And having your work-at-home employees use inexpensive consumer Internet services exposes your enterprise to potentially serious security issues.

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