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Wireless LAN Security – What Hackers Know That You Don’t



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White Paper Wireless LAN Security What Hackers Know That You Don t As the next generation of IT networking 802 11 wireless LANs are also the new playgrounds for hackers Effective encryption and authentication security measures for wireless LANs are still developing but hackers already possess easy to use tools that can launch increasingly sophisticated attacks that put your information assets at risk Like personal computers in the 1980s and the Internet in the 1990s wireless LANs are the new frontier of technology in the enterprise Thus this white paper is not designed to scare enterprises away from deploying wireless LANs Wireless LANs can be secured with a layered approach to security that goes beyond new encryption and authentication standards to include 24x7 monitoring and intrusion protection encryption any laptop with a wireless card can connect with the network or stealthily eavesdrop on all network traffic across that access point from any area within the colored areas on the map Some enterprises make the mistake of believing that they do not have to worry about wireless security if they are running non mission critical systems with non sensitive information across their wireless LANs However few networks operate as islands of automation Most connect with the enterprise backbone at some point and hackers can use the wireless LAN as a launch pad to the entire network Thus every entry point to that network should be secured This white paper outlines how hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in 802 11 wireless LANs and the widely available hacking tools The information presented is a collection of already published risks to wireless LANs This white paper is written to inform IT security managers of what they are up against In order to effectively secure their wireless LANs enterprises must first know the potential dangers Wireless LANs are a breeding ground for new attacks because the technology is young and organic growth creates the potential for a huge



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