Informatics students study wireless network security measures

Five Fort Hays State University students from the Department of Informatics recently formed a team to build on a research study project conducted two years ago. "The Wireless Survey of Hays," conducted in 2008, focused on wireless networks and the security measures.

The team consisted of Ahmed Alhussen, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, senior; Ali Aljuraib, Najran, Saudi Arabia, senior; Bandar Alssoqour, Najran, Saudi Arabia, senior; Radolfo Fernandez, Mankato senior; and Socorro Fernandez, Mankato senior.

The students worked with Jason Zeller, Gypsum graduate student, who was part of the original research team.

In 2008, Zeller's study mapped out every wireless access point in Hays. The data showed how popular wireless networks were, the brands used, and the security measures people and businesses had taken.

This year's team did a repeat of the 2008 study, and the data was compared to highlight changes.

Zeller said not only has wireless networking become more popular and more networks are using security practices, but the security measures taken are also much greater than they were in 2008.

"The data we acquired was an excellent comparison to show how wireless networks have developed in two years," Zeller said. "The data shows how people are starting to take part in good security practices."

Zeller is currently using the results to create a product that more efficiently and more accurately retrieves data.

For more information, contact Zeller at (785) 820-7107 or e-mail him at

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