Wireless Network Security

What Does Wireless Network Security Mean?

Wireless network security is the process of designing, implementing and ensuring security on a wireless computer network. It is a subset of network security that adds protection for a wireless computer network.

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Wireless network security is also known as wireless security.

Techopedia Explains Wireless Network Security

Wireless network security primarily protects a wireless network from unauthorized and malicious access attempts. Typically, wireless network security is delivered through wireless devices (usually a wireless router/switch) that encrypts and secures all wireless communication by default. Even if the wireless network security is compromised, the hacker is not able to view the content of the traffic/packet in transit. Moreover, wireless intrusion detection and prevention systems also enable protection of a wireless network by alerting the wireless network administrator in case of a security breach.

Some of the common algorithms and standards to ensure wireless network security are Wired Equivalent Policy (WEP) and Wireless Protected Access (WPA).

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