Service providers, professional associations and industry experts are expecting to see some of the similar kinds of threats are expecting against Wimax Technology, like the older 802.11 Wi-Fi standard used against it. Ex-Tipping Point security consultant Shawn Merdinger said that “I expect we’ll see similar problems with Wimax as we’ve seen with other devices, namely weak management protocols and vulnerable applications, embedded Web servers, unencrypted access via telnet and SNMP V1 and V2,”. (Dan Jones, Aug 2007)
Security will grow to be a major issue with WiMAX Technology and other high speed wireless services in the near future because experts and other potential hackers are not really aware of threats. At this decade WiMAX Technology is not full fledged deployed in most of the areas of the world with very limited users. Access and authentication remains the essential wireless concern for enterprise buyers and consumers. There is, however, an increasing alertness that wireless’s fragile link may not be in the security mechanism used to protect it, but rather in the insecure coding at the software driver level, which can be broken by intellectual hackers.
Ken Dulaney, Vice President of mobile computing at Gartner Inc said that “I don’t think WiMAX is any less secure than Wi-Fi or cellular, both of which I think are secure. You will probably see some attacks, but I warn everyone who claims it’s a WiMAX failure to see whether the problem results from other areas”. WiMAX and Wi-Fi are both accepted of the same Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technique. (Dan Jones, Aug 2007)
The prerequisites for a complete Wimax Technology security system are not even covered by the basic specification. The IEEE 802.16 standard and WiMAX only defines the air interface and the physical (PHY) layer and Media Access Control (MAC) layers. This still leaves work to be done on safety and privacy between different communication networks.