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Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)



Shirley M. Radack


This bulletin summarizes the information presented in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-153, Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs): Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The publication was written by Murugiah Souppaya of NIST and Karen Scarfone of Scarfone Cybersecurity. NIST SP 800-153 supplements other NIST publications on the security of wireless local area networks and consolidates the key recommendations of the previous publications. It summarizes and strengthens the recommendations to help organizations improve the security configuration and monitoring of their wireless local area networks and their devices connecting to the networks. The bulletin discusses the contents of the publication, including general concepts of WLANs, security issues, and NIST's recommendations for improving WLAN security. References are provided to NIST publications that support WLAN security, security checklists, and the risk-based management of information systems.
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configuration management, cyber security, Federal Information Security Management Act, FISMA, IEEE 800-11, information security, information technology (IT), local area networks, LAN, NIST Special Publications, risk management, Risk Management Framework, security controls, security monitoring, threats, vulnerabilities, wireless communications, wireless devices, wireless local area networks, WLAN


Radack, S. (2012), Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created February 27, 2012, Updated January 27, 2020