Vendors make a wireless end run

Wednesday, 25 September 2002, 12:39 AM EST

Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and major wireless LAN hardware manufacturers have joined forces to beef up security for 802.11b wireless LAN products through a project dubbed Safe Secure Networks, Computerworld has learned. An announcement is slated for next month.

The SSN project grew out of a multivendor initiative kicked off earlier this year to address known weaknesses in the Wired Equivalent Privacy protocol, said Warren Barkley, lead program manager for wireless in Microsoft's Windows division. Building security beyond WEP into wireless LAN products would help users guard against hacker intrusions.

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