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Wireless Network Security: 802.11, Bluetooth and Handheld Devices



Tom T. Karygiannis, L Owens


[Superseded by SP 800-48 Rev. 1 (July 2008):] The purpose of this document is to provide agencies with guidance for establishing secure wireless networks. Agencies are encouraged to tailor the recommended guidelines and solutions to meet their specific security or business requirements. However, NIST recommendations are not intended to supersede an agency's existing security policy. The document addresses two wireless technologies that government agencies are most likely to employ: wireless local area networks (WLAN) and ad hoc or, more specifically, Bluetooth networks. The document also addresses the use of wireless handheld devices. The document does not address technologies such as wireless radio and other WLAN standards that are not designed to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standard. These technologies are considered out of the scope of this document.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-48
Report Number


Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, network security, threats, vulnerabilities, wireless local area network, wireless networking


Karygiannis, T. and Owens, L. (2002), Wireless Network Security: 802.11, Bluetooth and Handheld Devices, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed July 17, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017