While there is obviously a risk to connecting to any insecure Wi-Fi network, many U.S. airports have particularly bad security. A report from Coronet details the least and most cybersecure airports in America. Hackers can use the poor cyber hygiene and insecure Wi-Fi at many airports to inject advanced network vulnerabilities like captive portals, Evil Twins, ARP poisoning, VPN gaps, honeypots, and compromised routers.
“Far too many U.S. airports have sacrificed the security of their Wi-Fi networks for consumer convenience,” Dror Liwer, Coronet’s founder and CISO, said in a press release. “As a result, business travelers in particular put not just their devices, but their company’s entire digital infrastructure at risk every time they connect to Wi-Fi that is unencrypted, unsecured or improperly configured. Until such time when airports take responsibility and improve their cybersecurity posture, the accountability is on each individual flyer to be aware of the risks and take the appropriate steps to minimize the danger.”
The report collected data at the 45 busiest airports in the U.S. over five months and assigned each a score from 0 to 10 such that 6.5 and above were “unacceptable exposure.”
Here are the least cybersecure airports in America, according to the report:
1. San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA (Score: 10)
2. John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, CA (Score: 8.7)
3. William P Hobby Airport, Houston, TX (Score: 7.5)
4. Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, FL (Score: 7.1)
5. Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ (Score: 7.1)
6. Dallas Love Field, Dallas, TX (Score: 6.8)
7. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ (Score: 6.5)
8. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC (Score: 6.4)
9. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Detroit, MI (Score: 6.4)
10. General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (Score: 6.4)
The most secure airports were Chicago-Midway International Airport, Raleigh-Durhan International Airport, Nashville International Airport, and Washington-Dulles International Airport.
You may download the full report from this site, but registration is required: www.coro.net/airportthreats