Accession Number:

ADA456940

Title:

Wireless Security Within Hastily Formed Networks

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF INFORMATIONAL SCIENCES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

One of the main purposes of a Hastily Formed Network HFN is to provide immediate access to networked voice, data, and video services for as many users as possible. Following terrorist attacks like those in September 2001 or devastating natural disasters like the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 users of the HFN will likely include survivors first responders local, state, and federal government agencies non-government organizations militaries and others. These varied users will have different purposes for accessing HFN services some will require their information to remain private while others will not. These needs for privacy and openness appear to present conflicting requirements provide unrestricted access for many users but ensure privacy or security of at least some information within the network. The purpose of this thesis is three-fold first, to explore methodologies for securing the HFN second, to examine commercial off-the-shelf COTS products and accepted best practices that provide the necessary security and third, to provide a limited implementation example and a more robust target architecture that could provide security on the wireless segments while maintaining open access to the HFN and minimizing installation, operation, and maintenance complexity.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE