How to tighten the loose security in wireless networks

Thursday, 13 February 2003, 5:39 AM EST

Having graduated from the realm of adventurous small offices and hard-core enthusiasts, wireless networking is now thriving in the enterprise. And with new standards just around the corner, wire-free networks based on the 802.11 protocol are here to stay.

A wireless network acts much like a wired network, with a few notable exceptions. On the positive side, a wireless network gives users the freedom to roam around the office while maintaining connectivity to the network. It also frees systems administrators from the burden of having to string wire to various locations throughout the building.

However, wireless networks come with plenty of drawbacks as well. Perhaps the most serious of them is weak security.

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