Tech publisher O’Reilly & Associates has released
802.11 Security, a new tome authored by Bruce Potter and Bob Fleck that addresses issues related to the security of wireless networks.
Potter and Fleck attempt to dispel myths about the lack of security on wireless networks, and offer techniques on how companies can provide security almost to the level of their hard-wired counterparts. It all comes down to planning and configuration, according to the authors, as well as the use of security mechanisms.
802.11b is the IEEE standard used by Apple in its AirPort devices, used ubiquitously by Mac products. Apple was an early adopter and advocate of 802.11b wireless networking technology, which has since become a major factor in personal computer and laptop computer sales. Businesses and individuals alike are starting to depend on wireless networking.
The book goes over the fundamentals of wireless networking, and discusses issues related to Wireless Access Points (WAPs), bandwidth stealing, and Wired Equivalency Protocol (WEP). The authors discuss how users can set up secure access points, securely configure a network IP gateway, and more. Information is provided for various operating systems, including Mac OS X, Linux, various Unix derivatives and Windows.
802.11 Security is available now and costs US$34.95. A sample chapter that discusses Mac OS X station security is available for review online — visit the Web site for details.