Update: April 2010
Wireless certifications are currently being
offered by 5 organisations:
offer the Certified Wireless
Network Professional (CWNP) program.
offer the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
Assessing Wireless Networks or GAWN
offer the OSSTMM Wireless Security Expert (OWSE)
offer the Organisational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA) and
Open Source Wireless Integration Security Professional (OSWISP)
the Cisco Wireless LAN Specialists program.
the Wireless System Installers
Planet 3 currently offer
5 vendor-neutral wireless certifications:
the entry-level wireless certification for the IT industry.
Network Administrator (CWNA) is a foundation level wireless LAN
certification for the CWNP Program.
Security Professional (CWSP) designed to give you the knowledge you need
to keep hackers out of your wireless network.
Analysis Professional (CWAP) designed to give you the knowledge to
troubleshoot and increase the performance of your wireless network.
Network Expert (CWNE) designed to give you the skills to administer,
install, configure, troubleshoot, and design wireless network systems
including: Packet analysis, intrusion detection, performance analysis and
SANS offer GIAC
certifications for all of the major IT Security competencies and the GAWN is
their Wireless Security offering. The course to accompany the
certification is the GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks (SEC-617) which can be
studied for with the
program or covered in one of their global
SANS training events.
GIAC Certification overview
certification is designed for technologists who need to assess the security of
wireless networks. The certification focuses on the different security
mechanisms for wireless networks, the tools and techniques used to evaluate and
exploit weaknesses, and techniques used to analyse wireless networks."
certification program is designed for those who want to learn more about the
various ways to technically execute a comprehensive and professional wireless
security audit within the internationally recognized Open-Source Security
Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) framework." -OSSTMM
The OWSE certification
exam is a practical examination requiring a total number of 100 responses within
the 4 hour examination period.
offer the following vendor neutral WLAN certifications:
teaches a vendor-independent approach to practical deployment, auditing and
securing of both private and public Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) based
on the PRACTICAL WIRELESS DEPLOYMENT METHODOLOGY (PWDM), a peer-reviewed,
"The OSWA teaches attendees the practical technical
knowledge, methodology and skills to execute a wireless audit/penetration test.
The OSWA is designed from the ground up to teach wireless security from the
starting point of understanding the fundamentals of Radio Frequency (RF) and RF
Spectrum Analysis, understanding the IEEE 802.11 specification and how to
analyze information contained in 802.11 packet dumps, how to penetrate wireless
LANs and wireless clients, how to build your own wireless hardware to augment
your wireless auditing capabilities, how to hunt down and geographically locate
wireless hackers and moochers on the fly and in real time using ThinkSECURE's
MoocherHunter tool, etc. In addition, the OSWA also covers practical security
issues affecting other wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and RFID. With
its practical hands-on certification examination and by equipping attendees with
the correct technical skillsets, as well as an understanding of legal issues
involved in testing a target, the OSWA will enhance the capability of
professional security testers and provide attendees with the proper methodology,
skills and tools to
consistent and comprehensive wireless security tests." -ThinkSECURE
Cisco currently offer
NARTE offer 2 wireless
installer certifications both designed to certify those who install wireless LAN
systems, Bluetooth, UNII devices, AVIS, and unlicensed PCS Systems: