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"Wireless Security End to End", Brian Carter/Russell Shumway, 2002, 0-7645-4886-7, U$39.99/C$59.99/UK#29.95
%A Brian Carter
%A Russell Shumway
%C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
%D 2002
%G 0-7645-4886-7
%I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
%O U$39.99/C$59.99/UK#29.95 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
%O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764548867/robsladesinterne
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764548867/robsladesinte-21
%O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764548867/robsladesin03-20
%P 336 p.
%T "Wireless Security End to End"

 

Part one is an introduction to wireless network security. Chapter one is supposed to be an opening to wireless networking, but is basically a list of common protocols. Wireless threat analysis, in chapter two, is an unstructured list of miscellaneous threats. A facile overview of blackhat communities, some intrusion tools, and a discussion of insider attacks (without mention of any relevance to wireless networking) is in chapter three.

Part two looks at the components of network security. Chapter four presents us with random security factors in place of the promised network security model. Network intrusion protection is said, in chapter five, to consist of firewalls and other tools with limited application to wireless topologies. In regard to network intrusion detection, some of the material in chapter six is pointless (who would expect an intrusion detection system (IDS) to protect against insider attacks?) and some is wrong (a honeypot would only act as an intrusion detection sensor by chance). Chapter seven has sound information on host-based IDS and some advice on hardening systems, but wireless networking is almost unmentioned. Virtual private networks are discussed in chapter eight, while nine turns to logging and audits.

Part three reviews wireless security components. Chapter ten outlines a configuration for basic level wireless security. Secure authentication, in chapter eleven, has at least some relation to wireless. The examination of encryption, in chapter twelve, lists protocols without much discussion of concepts, and records weaknesses of the systems without providing details. Chapter thirteen briefly considers the placement of wireless access points, from a convenience rather than security perspective.

Part four contemplates the integration of wireless security into the network security process. Chapter fourteen registers some tools for the logging of wireless security events. A number of points to consider for a wireless security policy are enumerated in chapter fifteen. Various sniffing and cracking tools are described in chapter sixteen. Chapter seventeen isn't really clear as to its purpose, but seems to be talking about management of device configuration.

Part five lists products, rather than the promised security models. We look at Cisco and LEAP, RADIUS, IPSec, secure wireless public access, and secure wireless point-to-point in chapters eighteen to twenty two.

While not as bad as "Wireless Security" (cf. BKWRLSSC.RVW), by Randall K. Nichols and Panos C. Lekkas, this work is only on a par with bloated exercises such as Jahanzeb Khan and Anis Khwaja's "Building Secure Wireless Networks with 802.11" (cf. BKBSWNW8.RVW) or the comprehensive list of topics (but missing details) in "Designing a Wireless Network" (cf. BKDSWLNT.RVW) by Jeffrey Wheat et al. Certainly "Wireless Security Essentials" by Russell Dean Vines (cf. BKWLSCES.RVW) is far superior to the Carter and Shumway book.

copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKWLSCEE.RVW 20031019