MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (ots) -
Wi-Fi Protected Access Provides Strong, Standards-Based Security
And Works With Existing Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wireless LAN Products
The Wireless Fidelity Alliance announced today a security solution
based on an IEEE standards effort called Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
to replace the existing WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). This solution
is designed to work in the products on the market today and is
expected to first appear in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products during the first
quarter of 2003. Most vendors are expected to offer firmware and
software updates for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products currently in use.
"Enterprises, small businesses and home users need a stronger
standards-based security solution than WEP and they need it now,"
said Wi-Fi Alliance chairman Dennis Eaton. "The Wi-Fi Alliance worked
with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
802.11 Standards Working Group for Wireless Local Area Networks to
deliver a robust wireless LAN security solution meeting the immediate
needs of the marketplace. This approach allows the industry to bring
a strong, standards-based security solution to the market today while
giving the IEEE 802.11 Task Group I the time to complete and finalize
the full 802.11i Robust Security Network amendment to the existing
wireless LAN standard. Security is, and will continue to be, the
highest priority for the Wi-Fi Alliance and for the industry,"
"The bar for security is always rising and the development of
robust security solutions take time," commented Stuart J. Kerry,
Chairman of the IEEE 802.11 Standards Working Group for Wireless
Local Area Networks. "WPA will meet the needs of both manufacturers
and customers for the foreseeable future and the IEEE will also
continue its work on the full 802.11i amendment which is expected to
be completed mid next year. This will be the next step in the
evolution of standards-based solutions for IEEE 802.11 networks,"
See Wi-Fi at COMDEX
Wi-Fi wireless LANs will be on display at COMDEX (Booth 3160),
November 18-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a nonprofit organization 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 an
Membership in the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that
support the 802.11 family of standards. Wi-Fi Alliance now comprises
over 170 members that offer over 450 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products from
the world's leading companies.
For more information, please visit www.wi-fi.org.
WPA Home Overview:
ots Originaltext: Wave Communications
C. Brian Grimm
for the Wi-Fi Alliance