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Wireless Security Initiatives

Keith Fleming

The intent of this paper is to address the security issues surrounding wireless networks in an enterprise environment. This paper will provide a high level overview of all the challenges and components associated with securing a wireless network. The fundamental question plaguing the industry today is if wireless networks can be deployed securely. There is a mindset prevailing that wireless networks are inherently insecure.  Can this be actually true, a fact or fabrication?  What known security holes limit enterprise deployments of a WLAN and can they be fixed?  This paper will shed light on these questions and detail how wireless networks are secured and point out their limitations. Additionally, this paper will explore current and future initiatives to secure wireless networks in a large enterprise environment, and provide a roadmap where wireless security is headed in the future. 

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