This course is designed to teach the student how to build, maintain and configure security on a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). It provides the student with hands-on projects to reinforce WLAN concepts from LAN cabling and other information technology and electronics courses. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to design, document and troubleshoot the security plan and operation of a WLAN. This course is also intended to prepare the student to pass the Cisco Wireless LAN Certification exam. 3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab/wk.
Prerequisite: IT 247
Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Design and build a basic WLAN.
- Identify the fundamentals of wireless security.
- List and contrast basic WLAN security technologies.
- Configure basic WLAN security.
- List and describe common enterprise WLAN authentication methods.
- Describe common enterprise wireless encryption techniques.
- Identify common enterprise security services.
- List and describe major wireless management tasks.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Designing and Building a WLAN A. List major WLAN standards and applications B. Contrast common Radio frequencies and modulation techniques used in WLAN C. Identify and compare WLAN topologies D. Describe the operation of WLAN devices including network interface cards, access points, antennas, and bridges. E. Design and build a WLAN II. Security Fundamentals A. List common WLAN vulnerabilities B. Identify major WLAN threats C. List common methods used in wireless reconnaissance attacks D. List common methods used in denial of service (DoS) attacks III. Basic WLAN Security Technologies A. Describe the WLAN security wheel B. Describe and configure Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) C. Explain the process of authentication and association in WLAN IV. Configuring Basic WLAN Security A. Enable protocol and media access filters on access points B. Configure security on wireless clients and access points C. Use common utilities to monitor WLAN traffic D. Disable unneeded services on WLAN devices V. Enterprise WLAN Authentication A. List common methods used to authenticate wireless clients B. Explain the operation of 802.1x protocol C. Identify the 802.1x authentication types D. Configure and test 802.1x authentication VI. Enterprise Wireless Encryption A. Implement common techniques to strengthen WEP B. Describe the operation of message integrity check C. Explain the basics of broadcast key rotation (BKR) D. Design and implement a wireless virtual private network (WVPN) VII. Enterprise Security Services A. Explain the basics of virtual local area networks (VLANs) B. Identify the security benefits of VLANs C. Design and implement VLANs in a wireless network D. Explain the operation of spanning tree protocol (STP) E. Implement techniques to optimize the operation of STP VIII. WLAN Management Tasks A. Describe the operation of common wireless troubleshooting utilities B. Explain the need to implement a logging system in wireless networks C. Explain event auditing in WLAN D. Implement logging and auditing in WLAN
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Examinations 50% Projects/Assignments 50% Total 100% Grade Criteria: A = 90 - 100% B = 80 - 89% C = 70 - 79% D = 60 - 69% F = 59% and lower
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