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Securing WiMAX Wireless Communications



Shirley M. Radack


This bulletin summarizes the information presented in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-127, Guide to Securing WiMAX Wireless Communications: Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The publication, which was written by Karen Scarfone (formerly of NIST) and by Cyrus Tibbs and Matthew Sexton (of Booz Allen Hamilton), provides information to organizations about the security capabilities of wireless communications that use WiMAX technology. WiMAX is a widely used technology for communicating over wireless metropolitan area networks (WMAN). WiMAX is based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.16 family of standards, which were developed through consensus-based standards development processes. The bulletin summarizes the general information about WiMAX teachnology and presents NIST s recommendations to organizations about improving the security of their WiMAX systems. The bulletin provides information about resources that are available to support organizations in their use of WiMAX technology.
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Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), information security, information systems security, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Standard 802.16, product validation, security configurations, security management, security controls, system vulnerabilities, WiMAX, WiMAX Forum, wireless communications, wireless networks, Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN)


Radack, S. (2010), Securing WiMAX Wireless Communications, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created December 27, 2010, Updated January 27, 2020