by Berislav Kucan - Thursday, 5 February 2004.
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced that over 175 wireless products from more than 40 leading manufacturers received the long awaited Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA
) security certification. The infamous Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) was proved to be fundamentally insecure and this finding caused a really negative "marketing" campaign for WLAN adoption. WPA comes to the rescue as a security replacement for WEP. It is recommended that WPA be enabled in wireless LAN applications where data security is a concern, as it has been proven to be a very secure and easily implemented security solution.Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director Frank Hanzlik noted: "Wi-Fi Protected Access establishes a strong foundation for secure wireless LAN connections. There are also plans to add additional security capabilities to WPA with the next version of WPA called WPA2. Products certified for WPA2 are anticipated to be available in the middle of 2004. However, users need not wait for WPA2. WPA2 is an enhancement, but most business and personal security needs are met by WPA today".
After almost one year of thorough testing, Wi-Fi Alliance issued WPA certifications for the products listed below.