Building Secure Wireless LAN

Security of a wireless network still ranks as one of the largest concerns of IT
professionals planning to roll out an enterprise wireless LAN. Many people
erroneously believe that a wireless LAN is inherently insecure. This is largely due to
security flaws in early Wi-Fi protocols like WEP (Wired Equivalency Protocol), more
recent vulnerabilities found in TKIP and lack of awareness as to how to deploy a
secure WLAN. Today the security concerns of the legacy protocols have been
largely eliminated and best practices for secure deployment have been developed
allowing many wireless deployments to be arguably more secure than their wired
counterparts.
When people first think of wireless security they typically first think of things like WEP, WPA and rogue detection. While these things are an important part of wireless
security, they are only a part of building a secure wireless network.
Wireless security just like wired security has gone through evolutionary improvement
over the years. As security evolved, more capabilities were added to improve the
security of the network and deal with new threats. Today security is more than just a single feature and instead is a solution and set of practices defined to provide
security for a specific network configuration. This whitepaper will help the wireless
network administrator or security manager to understand the security capabilities in
a modern Wi-Fi solution, where they should be used and how the WLAN integrates
with other security devices in the network. Finally this document will describe how
Aerohive provides a comprehensive and market leading Wi-Fi security solution for
the enterprise.

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