December 11, 2002
Pradeep Khosla, Director of the Center for Computer and Communications Security (C3S) and ECE Department Head, Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, cautioned that in a wireless network, "for somebody to believe they are 100 percent secure is fallacy" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's article, "Entrepreneurs just starting to build wireless networks capable of offering service regionwide." Nevertheless, he predicts that wireless Internet connections will be offered in more coffee shops and restaurants in the area: "Just like any other technology, this is one of those cases of: If they build it, they will come," he said. While at home and on CMU's campus, Khosla uses a wireless network, but he reflects that until companies figure out how to establish roaming, wireless connections won't appeal as much to consumers. "If it's an eight-block area or just coffee shops, forget it," said Khosla.