Date of Award

12-17-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Degree Program

Computer Science

Department

Computer Science

Major Professor

Richard, Golden

Second Advisor

Chiu, Mong-Hsing

Third Advisor

Roussev, Vesselin

Abstract

The decrease in price and the ease of use of wireless network devices make them an attractive alternative to standard wired networks. However, the intrinsic insecurity of wireless media and weaknesses in the standards for use of wireless media leave wireless networks vulnerable to attacks from unauthorized users. The intrinsic insecurity of wireless media results from radio signals extending beyond the networks intended coverage area and the weaknesses in the standards result from the methods used for authorization and privacy. These insecurities restrict the use of wireless networks by entities that need a high level of security. This paper describes a Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS) that provides additional security for 802.11b wireless networks. WIDS provides intrusion detection that can react to potential threats and locate an intruder through the use of intelligent access points equipped with rotating directional antennas.

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The University of New Orleans and its agents retain the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible this dissertation or thesis in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. The author retains all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis or dissertation.

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