How to build a secure WLAN

Monday, 10 February 2003, 12:37 PM EST

Wireless LANs have experienced tremendous growth since the introduction of the 802.11b wireless networking standard spurred the development of a wide range of "Wi-Fi" solutions developed by network equipment vendors. Flexibility, ease of deployment and low component costs constitute three major drivers for the popularity of WLANs.

However, the same flexibility and mobility provided by wireless networking also introduces new security vulnerabilities in addition to those that threaten conventional LANs. For real-time communications like Wi-Fi, a comprehensive real-time network protection strategy is required to enable pervasive, widespread deployment.

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