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Complying With DoT Regulation on Secure Use of WiFi: Less in Letter, More in Spirit

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Executive Summary

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, recently published a regulation (dated February 23, 2009) outlining the procedure for secure use of WiFi. All Internet Service Providers (ISPs) - serving leased line subscribers, home users, and WiFi hotspots in public places - have four months to comply. The DoT regulation comes in the wake of recent events of cyber terrorism in India that exposed how easy it is to misuse unsecured WiFi networks and put national security at stake. The goal of the DoT regulation is to prevent misuse of WiFi Internet access and to be able to track the perpetrator in case of abuse. To this effect, DoT has instructed ISPs to enforce centralized authentication using LoginID and Password for each user.

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