Investigation into IEEE 802.11 Security Issues Affecting Wireless Networks

Albert K. Ansah, Thomas Kwantwi, and Agangiba W. Akotam


IEEE 802.11 Standards, Wireless LAN, Data Encryption, Wireless Security


Wireless networking is one of the exciting developments in the world of networking technology. After the introduction of IEEE 802.11 Ethernet standard, Wi-Fi has become the most widely adopted wireless networking type on the wireless network environment. Since wireless networking is easy to deploy and upgrade and with decent data rate available today at low cost, implementation of wireless networking is growing all over the place. Organizations and enterprises are switching from the traditional wired networks to wireless networking. Wireless can serve in many capacities, from a simple extension to a distribution point. One of the leading glitches with wireless networking is that, the wireless networking devices provide no security as they come out of their boxes. Considering the fact that wireless networks are built on a shared medium and data packets float through the air on radio waves, security cannot be overemphasized when dealing with wireless networking. It is arguable that many network users don’t have procedures when they deploy their WLAN for the first time. It is the dearth of procedures that help attackers get into any networks they want. This paper seeks to demystify the security issues of the IEEE 802.11 wireless standards. The paper goes on to address these security concerns and points out the method used to secure a wireless network.

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