University of Phoenix
Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) are characterized by dynamic self-organization, self-configuration and self-healing to enable flexible integration, quick deployment, easy maintenance, low cost, and may also be used to improve the performance of multi-hop ad-hoc networks, Wireless Local Areas Networks (WLANs) and Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMANs). Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) are considered as a promising solution for offering low-cost access to broadband services. However, one of the main challenges in the design of these networks is their vulnerability to security attacks. In this paper, the authors analyze the fundamental security challenges and constraints of these networks, classify several possible attacks and survey several intrusion prevention, detection and response mechanisms found in the literature.