Secure Mobile Networking. A Look Ahead

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Authors
  1. Salmanian, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report was prepared to provide an initial review of current commercial wireless networking technology that may have applications to the military. The focus of the study is on the security services offered by the various technologies in order to assess their current operational utility and to determine where research and development is needed in order to make them useful to the Canadian Forces. A general overview of wireless networks, devices, and services is provided which includes some of the companies and standards involved in this arena as well. Several wireless services, which are offered in the industry, are explained in order to discuss Quality of Service (QoS). It is shown that QoS is measured with a set of parameters, and that security should be another attributed parameter. The security features of the IEEE 802.11 wireless local area network (WLAN) standard are explored and its vulnerabilities are rationalized. These vulnerabilities are further generalized as security issues for wireless networks and devices in general. Furthermore, features of cellular networks and the IEEE 802.15 wireless personal area network (WPAN), known as Bluetooth, are also provided in comparison with WLAN. The current wireless technology trend towards higher bandwidth and smart Medium Access Control (MAC) technologies is summarized.

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Keywords
Wireless communications;Wireless networks;Way ahead;Wireless devices;QoS (Quality of Service);WLAN;WPAN;WMAN;UWB (Ultra WideBand);Cellular;Paging;WEP;Bluetooth;5UP
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2002-083 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2002
Number of Pages
51
DSTKIM No
CA021345
CANDIS No
518101
Format(s):
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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