TITLE

WIRELESS SECURITY: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS

AUTHOR(S)
Shekar, D. V. Chandra; Krishnaiah, V. V. Jayarama; Yalavarthi, Suresh Babu
PUB. DATE
August 2008
SOURCE
Estudios de Economía Aplicada;Aug2008, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p822
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
New wireless technologies such as WiMAX, NFC and ZigBee are rapidly being adopted, along with existing wireless standards such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GSM and other cellular technologies. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have already become notorious for severe security shortcomings during their relatively brief existence. New vulnerabilities and exploits are reported and demonstrated every week on live public networks. The credibility of these wireless technologies has been damaged by security incidents, stemming from fundamental problems in requirement gathering, implementation quality and protocol design. Despite boasts of hardened security measures, security researchers and black-hat hackers keep humiliating vendors. On the other hand, GSM and various descendant technologies have been almost 100 percent free of security incidents. What can be done to avoid making the same mistakes all over again with new emerging wireless technologies such as WiMAX? What is the anatomy and evolution behind security problems, and why have some cellular technologies been almost problem-free? This paper draws from the past and current state of existing wireless technologies and reflects experiences with emerging technologies. It describes how robustness-testing techniques can be used to assess the security of the available implementations and give statistics about the current state of affairs of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Quality and reliability improvements in these implementations will lead directly to decreased development and deployment costs, as well as increased public acceptance and faster adoption.
ACCESSION #
35128473

 

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