A New AES Standard For Wireless

    Date21 Aug 2002
    CategoryCryptography
    3085
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Wireless has been on the mind of NIST officials for some time. Understanding the inherent risk of unsecure wireless networks ripe for the picking using such easy-to-install programs like NetStumbler, the agency put out a call in July asking for recommendations . . . Wireless has been on the mind of NIST officials for some time. Understanding the inherent risk of unsecure wireless networks ripe for the picking using such easy-to-install programs like NetStumbler, the agency put out a call in July asking for recommendations to counter unauthorized users hacking into a wireless network, to include airborne traffic.

    "The relative immaturity of the technology coupled with poor security standards, flawed implementations, limited user awareness and lax security and administrative practices is an especially challenging combination," the letter read.

    The NIST asked for recommendations at the same time it warned network administrators to test the built-in security measures found in Bluetooth and 802.11 standards, to include the data link level encryption and authentication protocols.

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