WLAN is mostly defined by the IEEE 802 family of standards. The good news is that adherence to these standards gives unparalleled interoperability. On the other hand, it also requires that the IEEE committees be innovative in areas such as security, which is an area where work is still being done. To bridge the gap between the leading market readiness requirement and lagging security standards, organizations like Wi-Fi Alliance and Cisco (with LEAP and Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunnel [EAP-FAST]) have implemented security mechanisms (with associated specifications). The IEEE security committees are developing standards that will eventually fill the gaps.
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