National CAE Designated Institution
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

This course provides students with practical, real-world experience with an understanding of wireless fundamentals, wireless network threats, tools to test wireless security, and safeguards. Specifically, this course addresses the most popular hacking, cracking and wireless security network analysis tools and trains students to use them to test and secure wireless networks. Current industry best practices for managing wireless networks in a secure environment are addressed. Students need access to a second computer (for hacking) and will be required to purchase and install wireless network equipment to create a home wireless network for the purpose of conducting experiments on various wireless security vulnerabilities and countermeasures. NOTE – students must have access to a computer network they personally own and can modify. Case studies will be used throughout the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Wireless hardware, network protocols, programming and encryption protocols.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Wireless threats: (cracking, jamming and other wireless attacks).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Wireless security tools of the trade, including auditing tools, Pocket PC hacking tools, and Wireless Hack Walkthrough tools.
  • Demonstrate knowledge  of Practical application of wireless network security tools, using software applications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Wireless security best practices: securing the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), configuration of Wireless Access Points (WAPs), Virtual Private Networks (VPN), and use of firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and wireless public key infrastructure (PKI). 

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.