Sure, and in quite a number of ways.
Probably the easiest way to run programs like this is to put a startup-script (there probably already is one...) in /etc/init.d
, then select it as a service (daemon) to be started when the computer boots up. In fact, if you find that there is now an /etc/init.d/kismet
file, there ought to be some kind of administrative control-panel that you can use to select it for automatic startup.
Many fundamental system services -- printing, mail, and so-on -- are provided in this way. You can find a lot of information about that starting in LinuxQuestions' wiki with articles like this one.