Wireless LAN Security: Addressing Challenges, Attacks and Solutions

International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT)          
© - May Issue 2013 by IJCTT Journal
Volume-4 Issue-5                           
Year of Publication : 2013
Authors :Gurpreet Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur


Gurpreet Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur"Wireless LAN Security: Addressing Challenges, Attacks and Solutions"International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT),V4(5):1344-1349 May Issue 2013 .ISSN 2231-2803.www.ijcttjournal.org. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

Abstract: - With tremendous growth and advancement in wireless technology and excessive use of internet in all the applications, security has become one of the most crucial and most demanding factor in wireless LAN, no matter if it is an individual, home or a business network. Regardless of different benefits of wireless LANs like mobility, flexibility, reduced cost of ownership and scalability, WLAN also have security issues that must be properly dealt with. Security involves protection of data and nodes from different types of attacks, unauthorized access and misuse of data and systems. Security basically is an overall strategy rather than a technology. It is all about the level of effort one can put into the network for securing it or the level of risk one is willing to tolerate . All the components exist in order to secure the wireless network. This paper will discuss different challenges in a wireless LAN, different types of attacks and different security considerations and strategies which will help an individual user and enterprises in securing their wireless LAN. It also emphasizes on the importance of training and knowledge of safe and reliable wireless network usage.


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Keywords — Authentication, EAP, Encryption, IDS, IPS, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.11x, IPSec, WEP, Wireless Attacks, Wireless LAN, Wireless Security, WPA.