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How 802.11w will improve wireless security

May 30th, 2006

Since the ratification of the IEEE 802.11i amendment, organizations have been able to take advantage of improved security on wireless networks with WPA2-compliant hardware. However, the protection currently afforded to administrators only applies to data traffic and does not provide any protection for management or control operations on wireless networks.

Enter the IEEE 802.11w Task Group (TG). Approved as an IEEE 802.11 TG in March 2005, TGw is chartered to improve the security of wireless networks by protecting management frames. As other wireless working groups extend the functionality of management frames to include sensitive information including radio resource data, location-based identifiers, and fast-roaming information, it becomes clear that security in wireless networks needs to be extended to management frames as well as data frames.Read Full Story

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