Temporal Key Integrity Protocol

What Does Temporal Key Integrity Protocol Mean?

Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) is a wireless network security protocol of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11. TKIP encryption is more robust than Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which was the first Wi-Fi security protocol.


Techopedia Explains Temporal Key Integrity Protocol

TKIP features include:

  • Boosting encryption strength
  • Preventing collision attacks without hardware replacement
  • Serving as a WEP code wrapper and also adding per-packet mixing of media access control (MAC) base keys and serial numbers
  • Assigning a unique 48-bit sequencing number to each packet
  • Utilizing the RC4 stream cipher – 128-bit encryption keys and 64-bit authentication keys

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