Managing and securing wireless networks is difficult enough, so why re-create the wheel? Well, you don’t have to, at least to an extent. There are several wireless network “standards” you can lean on for ideas, tips, and documentation to help bring things full circle in your wireless environment. Here are the documents you need to get to know – or at least bookmark – for future reference:
Center for Internet Security’s Wireless Networking Benchmark: Old but still relevant; contains wireless-related policies to consider as well as specific vendor configuration documents and information on performing wireless network assessments.
NIST’s Establishing Wireless Robust Security Networks: A Guide to IEEE 802.11i: A newer and much more in-depth document; in my eyes, the mac-daddy reference for wireless network security.
Last, and probably least, going beyond the standards are some free chapters of the book I co-authored Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies:
- SearchNetworking.com: Chapter 10 Advanced War Driving
- Google Books (parts of Chapter 1, 2, 14, 15, and cheat sheet)
The important thing to remember is that no matter what these standards (or chapters) recommend, only you and your team know what’s best for your business and in your environment. Determine your risks and your risk tolerance and build it out from there.
Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, expert witness, author, and professional speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog. He can be reached through his website at www.principlelogic.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @kevinbeaver.