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Maximum Wireless Security Paperback – December 18, 2002

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Maximum Wireless Security is a practical handbook that reveals the techniques and tools crackers use to break into wireless networks, and that details the steps network administrators need to take to secure their systems.

The authors provide information to satisfy the expert's hunger for in-depth information with actual source code, real-world case studies, and step-by-step configuration recipes.

The book includes detailed, hands-on information that is currently unavailable in any printed text -- information that has been gleaned from the authors' work with real wireless hackers ("war drivers"), wireless security developers, and leading security experts.

About the Author

Dr. Cyrus Peikari finished his formal training with honors in electrical engineering at Southern Methodist University in 1991. For eight years Dr. Peikari taught advanced mathematics at the SMU Learning Enhancement Center in Dallas, Texas. He has also worked as a telecommunications software research and development engineer for Alcatel. Dr. Peikari has developed several award-winning security software programs. He also co-founded DallasCon, the largest annual wireless security conference in the Southwest. You can reach him at

Seth Fogie is a former United States Navy nuclear engineer. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Fogie worked as a technical support specialist for a major Internet service provider, during which time he earned his MCSE. Currently, Mr. Fogie is director of engineering at VirusMD Wireless Security, where he develops next-generation mobile security software.

Brett L. Neilson is a network and system engineer with a strong background in the wireless industry. Mr. Neilson has previously worked for Verizon Wireless as a Senior Systems Administrator and RF Field Technician. While at Verizon he worked to develop, deploy, and maintain its national infrastructure. Currently Mr. Neilson works for a leading infosec corporation. As an FCC licensed amateur radio operator, he has worked with various government agencies providing communication assistance and coordination. His broad range of computer and RF skills has led him to perform groundbreaking research in practical wireless security. Mr. Neilson also teaches a series of review courses for the Wireless Security Expert Certification (WSEC).

Sten Lannerstrom is product portfolio manager at SmartTrust, a provider of infrastructure software for securing and managing mobile services and devices. Mr. Lannerstrom joined SmartTrust in 1997 (at that time iD2 Technologies) and has more than 22 years of experience in the area of information technology. Mr. Lannerstrom oversees SmartTrust's wireless security portfolio, including the use of smart cards, wireless devices, digital certificates, and biometrics. He holds the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) accreditation.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (December 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324888
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fernando on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
The authors have done an admirable job in making this complex topic approachable by readers with a basic understanding of networks. The coverage of cryptography was just enough to support the discussions on WEP cracking. I particularly enjoyed the step-by-step description of actual attacks. The overview of existing tools was also very good, though I detected a certain bias towards Microsoft solutions. Overall, this great book has earned an important place on my bookshelf. Kudos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe Rolley on January 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great! My employer has had me researching wireless networks for some time now and this book has outlined the necessary information for me to get going on a deployment. The examples are clear and easy to understand, and a good portion of the tools they talk about are included on the CD. This one has definitely found a home on my book shelf!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Impressive. Having bought a couple other bunk books that included useless stuff, I was happy to finally own a book that covered current WLAN hack/protection techniques from beginning to end.
Definitely a good buy...heck, it even includes a CD full of the tools needed.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kent on March 13, 2005
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Maximum Wireless Security has everything you need to know about wireless security and insecurity.

I was quite impressed with the books breadth and depth.
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