6.7. Task 6.7: Implementing 802.11 Wireless Security

Wireless networks are becoming more prevalent every day. They are inexpensive, easy to set up, and easy to relocate. They can also be one of the most vulnerable forms of network communications today.

In January 2006, during a wireless security course being held in Washington, DC, a survey of the local access points showed that approximately 30 percent of wireless networks are nonsecured, with no user or access point (AP) authentication and no encryption for the data being transmitted. Further, that survey also showed that approximately 15 percent of wireless APs remain with the default settings, including the default administrative logon credentials.

Not only can an attacker connect to the ...

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