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Network Security First-Step, Second Edition by Donald Stoddard, Thomas M. Thomas

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Wireless Threats

Wireless threats come in all shapes and sizes, from someone attaching to your Wireless Access Point (WAP) without authorization, to grabbing packets out of the air and decoding them via a packet sniffer. Many wireless users have no idea what kinds of danger they face merely by attaching a WAP to their wired network. This section discusses the most common threats faced by adding a wireless component to your network.

The airborne nature of WLAN transmission opens your network to intruders and attacks that can come from any direction. WLAN traffic travels over radio waves that the walls of a building cannot completely constrain. Although employees might enjoy working on their laptops from a grassy spot outside the building, intruders ...

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