Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone
The proliferation of wireless access to privileged networks in the enterprise introduces a potentially large attack surface and a unique set of security concerns. Using wireless technologies, attacks against the network are based on proximity rather than physical access. Currently, the monitoring of an organization’s wireless access points, including security auditing, is performed by IT security professionals in a time-consuming process, if performed at all. This project addresses the need for an efficient system to monitor a campus’ wireless landscape by developing an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle containing wireless monitoring components. This vehicle will be constructed using commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software, and will be capable of automatically traversing a preset course while monitoring and logging data from all 802.11 wireless access points within range, including malicious access points. Ultimately, this unmanned aerial vehicle was constructed and tested successfully, but sustained damage during testing, placing the project in an out-of-scope condition for both time and financial resources. Therefore, this project can be considered a partial success.
Bernstein, Kenneth L., "Research and Development of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Automate Monitoring of Wireless Access Points" (2015). Master's Capstone Theses. 26.
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