Wireless networks still vulnerable to intruders..!!

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Eight years after the National Institute of Standards and Technology famously pronounced that wireless access points are “the logical equivalent of an Ethernet port in the parking lot,”
wireless networking has become embedded in government agencies but gaps remain in its security, a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded.
Agencies know the technologies and policies needed to secure their wireless connections, but they are not consistently applying and enforcing them, GAO found.
The study covered a variety of wireless technologies, including the Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.11 family of standards for wireless local-area networks (WLANs); Bluetooth, used for personal area networking; and cellular data connectivity. A number of emerging technologies, such as WiMax and Long Term Evolution fourth-generation technology, also need to be considered in security policies, GAO said.
Wireless networks are vulnerable to most of the same threats to which wired networks are subject, as well as to threats specifically targeting wireless connections. In some ways, wireless connections are easier to attack.


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