Improve WiMAX System Security Using NIST Recommendations

John Storts

Knowledge Network contributor NIST recently uploaded a document that provides recommendations designed to improve Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) security. The name "WiMAX" was created by the WiMAX Forum. The forum, dedicated to promoting the interoperability and conformity of the standard, defines it as "a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL."


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The Guide to Securing WiMAX Wireless Communications provides a brief history of the origins of and technical details for the telecommunications protocol. In order to protect against threats such as those arising from man-in-the-middle attacks, eavesdropping, message modifications and denial-of-service attacks, the NIST recommends that organizations:

  • Create and enforce wireless metropolitan area network (WMAN) security policies.
  • Assess WiMAX technical countermeasures before implementing WiMAX tech.
  • Require mutual authentication for WiMAX devices.


Protect your business from WiMAX wireless interface threats by following the NIST's recommendations.


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