Directives Regarding WLAN in Department of Defense (DoD) and other Federal Facilities
The federal government, and the Department of Defense (DoD) in particular, recognizes that standards based wireless networking has become an essential part of conducting business in an efficient manner. Many commercially available products offer the capability of providing the electronic security comparable to wired networks. However, these products must be configured and secured properly to provide the degree of security desired.
Unlike a wired network, wherein the active components of the data communications network can be physically secured in a telecom room with restricted access, the wireless network, by its very nature, requires that access points and antennas are distributed throughput the facility, requiring consideration of policies for protecting these assets. Attached brief provides a guide to Directives, Instructions, and STIGs regarding the wireless LAN infrastructure in federal facilities, with an emphasis on physical security requirements for the access points.