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Workshop C - Implementing Secure Wi-Fi Networks

While the IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi Wireless LAN standard is a huge commercial success in markets such as consumer, industrial, and education, there are many security concerns - and solutions.

This short seminar will put 802.11 in context, and discuss the security problems and solutions, including the following:

  • The evolution and current status of the 802.11 standards
  • Wi-Fi's origin, and its competitors, derivatives, and complimentary technologies
  • Wi-Fi: the good news and the bad news
  • Components of a Wi-Fi network
  • Antennas and Power over Ethernet
  • Authentication: problems and developments
  • Encryption and security: choices and roadmap
  • VLANs, VoIP and prioritization
  • Firewalls and filtering
  • Rogue access points and defences
  • Hacker and administrator tools

Presenter - Mitchell Shnier

Mitchell Shnier is a data communications consultant and embedded system developer, and provides network design and implementation, as well as training services. Recent work has included ATM networking and developing a TCP/IP driver for the Conexant/Intersil Prism Wi-Fi chip set for Rabbit Semiconductor.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, is a member of the IEEE and Professional Engineers Ontario, has written two books on data communications (published by O'Reilly & Associates and Pearson Education / Que Publishing and which have been translated into Chinese and Russian), and is the inventor for two patents in the area of optics. Mitchell is an instructor for Learning Tree International and has presented 4-day technical courses in Europe and throughout the US and Canada. Mitchell is also a presenter for Scientists in School.


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