Growth in the deployment and security of 802.11b wireless local area networks in Perth, WA
Edith Cowan University
School of Computer and Information Science
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.