Title

Growth in the deployment and security of 802.11b wireless local area networks in Perth, WA

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

School

School of Computer and Information Science

RAS ID

3283

Comments

Originally published as: Webb, S. (2004). Growth in the deployment and security of 802.11b wireless local area networks in Perth, WA. In the Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Computer Network and Information Forensics Conference. Fremantle, Australia: Edith Cowan University.

Abstract

Insecurely configured wireless local area networks (WLANs) present a threat to the confidentiality, availability and integrity of network data.. Several types of wireless-specific attacks may allow attackers to connect, perhaps unnoticed, to a WLAN in order to read, modify or inject data onto the victim network. This study attempted to determine the growth rate in the useage and security state of 802.11b WLANs operating in the Central Business District (CBD) of Perth, Western Australia. The study showed that the number of WLANs in Perth had more than doubled in twelve months. It also indicated that the mostly recently implemented networks had less visible security applied than those networks that have been in place for some time.

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