Wi-Fi Alliance

Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces Next Generation of Wi-Fi® Security - WPA2™ to Provide Enhanced Security for Business and Government Users

    Austin, TX (ots) - The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today the first round of products that are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ for the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2™) capability. WPA2 builds on its predecessor, WPA™, and is specifically designed to meet the most demanding enterprise security needs. The first WPA2 products are expected to be available from vendors later this month.

    WPA2 is based upon the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) 802.11i amendment to the 802.11 standard, which was ratified on July 29, 2004. The primary difference between WPA and WPA2 is that WPA2 uses a more advanced encryption technique called AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), allowing for compliance with FIPS140-2 government security requirements.

    Products that are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for WPA remain technically sound and secure. However, many enterprise organizations have been seeking an interoperable, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED technology based on the full IEEE 802.11i standard. Others require AES encryption for internal or regulatory reasons. WPA2 meets these needs. Furthermore, because WPA2 is backwards-compatible with WPA, organizations that have already implemented the WPA standard can migrate to WPA2 at their own pace.

    "Enterprise security needs are not a stationary target, and the Wi-Fi Alliance is committed to certification programs that meet evolving security requirements," said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. "WPA2 is ideally suited for enterprises in both the public and private sectors. Products that are CERTIFIED for WPA2 give IT managers the assurance that the technology meets interoperability standards and in turn, helps them manage support and deployment costs," Hanzlik added.

    Products obtaining WPA2 certification on September 1, 2004       include:

    Atheros Communications Inc.
      -- Atheros AR5002AP-2X Concurrent 802.11a and 802.11b/g Dual-band
    Access Point
      -- Atheros AR5002X Universal 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network
    Adapter

    Broadcom Corporation
      -- Broadcom AirForce[TM] 802.11a/g  CardBus Reference Design,
          BCM94309CB
      -- Broadcom AirForce[TM] 802.11a/g  Access Point Reference        
    Design, BCM94704-AGR

    Cisco Systems
      -- Cisco Aironet 1200 Series Access Point with integrated 802.11a
    and 802.11g radios

    Instant802 Networks
      -- Gateway 7001 Access Point

    Intel
      -- Intel® Pro/Wireless 2915 Network Connection

    Realtek
      -- Realtek RTL8185&8255 802.11a/g 54M WLAN NIC /
    RTL8185&8255-NIC

    About the Wi-Fi Alliance

    The Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA) is the global Wi-Fi organization that created the Wi-Fi brand. A nonprofit organization, the Alliance was formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.

    The Wi-Fi Alliance has instituted a test suite that defines how member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. These tests are conducted at independent laboratories.

    Membership in the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that support the IEEE 802.11 family of standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance now comprises over 200 members from the world's leading companies. These companies offer over 1,500 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. For more information, please visit www.wi-fi.org, and for information on Wi-Fi ZONE™ public access locations go to www.wi-fizone.org.

ots Originaltext: Wi-Fi Alliance
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Contact:
C. Brian Grimm
Wave Communications
for Wi-Fi Alliance
Phone:  +1/910/686-0870
E-Mail: briang@wavecoms.com



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