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Security for Wireless Networks and Devices



Shirley M. Radack


This ITL Bulletin summarizes NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-48, Wireless Network Security, 802.11, Bluetooth, and Handheld Devices. Written by Tom Karygiannis and Les Owens. NIST SP 800-48 provides recommendations to improve the security of wireless networks. It discusses three aspects of wireless security: security issues associated with wireless local area networks (WLANs) that are based on Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards 802.11; security issues related to wireless personal area networks based on the Bluetooth specifications, which were developed by an industry consortium; and security of wireless handheld devices.
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handheld devices, network security, wireless network security


Radack, S. (2003), Security for Wireless Networks and Devices, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created March 27, 2003, Updated February 19, 2017