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There are plenty of wireless security books. This one’s seriously “hands-on.” It was written by the leaders of one of the world’s top wireless security auditing teams. Penetration testing is crucial to protecting yourself, and this book is the source for mastering it. But it doesn’t just show you how to attack 802.11 networks -- it shows how to detect and defeat those attacks, too.
First, you’ll assemble the arsenal needed to probe wireless network security: hardware, drivers, utilities, network mapping and site surveying tools, and so forth. The authors offer knowledgeable advice on cards, chipsets, antennas, amplifiers, cables, connectors, Linux drivers and wireless extensions, and of course software tools. When it comes to the underlying hardware, they go beyond conventional PCs and notebooks, also discussing iPAQs and Sharp Zauruses running Linux: super-handy for monitoring signal strength and discovering rogue access points.
Once you have your toolset, you’ll walk through planning your attack, gaining access -- and the awful stuff that can be done once inside. By now, netadmins will be plenty motivated to fight back. The authors teach how, in detail. You’ll learn how to make the most of cryptography (not just WEP); provide effective user authentication, deploy higher-layer wireless VPNs, even implement a wireless IDS system.
We needn’t remind you just how vulnerable many 802.11 networks still are, even now. Let’s just say, if you want to do something about it, you’ll find this book indispensable. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.