Cyber Security

WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Prevention System)

In computing, a wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) is a network device that monitors the radio spectrum for the presence of unauthorized access points (intrusion detection), and can automatically take countermeasures (intrusion prevention).

In addition to intrusion detection, a WIPS also includes features that prevent against the threat automatically. For automatic prevention, it is required that the WIPS is able to accurately detect and automatically classify a threat.

The following types of threats can be prevented by a good WIPS:

  • Rogue access points – WIPS should understand the difference between rogue APs and external (neighbor’s) APs
  • Mis-configured AP
  • Client mis-association
  • Unauthorized association
  • Man-in-the-middle attack
  • Ad hoc networks
  • MAC spoofing
  • Honeypot / evil twin attack
  • Denial-of-service attack
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