Evolving standards drive wireless security

Wednesday, 16 April 2003, 4:32 PM EST

The wireless local area network (WLAN) industry has been dogged by too many security standards and this has led to a proliferation of solutions, a new study by international consulting firm Frost and Sullivan has found.

This has led to interoperability issues and has done little to assuage customers' security fears, the study says.

The fears surrounding WLAN security have reached a point of stridency, and a growing acceptance of the technology hangs in the balance.

According to the study, the vulnerability of the (transposed) wired equivalent privacy protocol has caused companies to rethink their security strategies, encouraging expansion of the WLAN security solutions market.

The study asserts that the lack of a credible solution to thwart wireless hacking is also creating opportunities for vendors to come up with their own security standards. The profusion of protocols is already creating a problem of interoperability between similar products of different vendors.

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