8.1. Wireless WAN Security Issues

Securing wireless WANs poses problems that are unique in some ways, but essentially the same as those network administrators face when trying to secure landline connections. The security issues that surround wireless WANs are:

  • Transmission

  • Equipment

These are the same issues that have been faced throughout the book; the only difference is the medium. Because wireless transmissions are broadcast over airwaves, it is possible for anyone to monitor transmissions, without physical access to any part of your network. This is an important distinction. Up until this point, for an attacker to gain access to your data, he or she had to have physical access to either a machine on your network or a machine on the backbone ...

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