Chapter 8. Wireless Network Security: Protecting Information Resources

What You Will Learn

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Understand wireless security issues

  • Describe methods to counter security problems

  • Understand basic encryption and authentication technologies and standards

Security is vitally important for wireless networks, primarily because the communications signals are openly available as they propagate through the air. Companies and individuals using wireless networks must be aware of the potential issues and applicable countermeasures. This chapter discusses security threats and ways to tighten the security of a wireless network through the use of encryption and authentication.