Wi-Fi alliance tightens security

Tuesday, 29 April 2003, 7:19 PM EST

The Wi-Fi Alliance today at NetWorld+Interop will launch its latest security protocol, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), a follow up to its existing Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) WLAN security technology.

Proponents hope the protocol will act as a driver to the enterprise segment's adoption of Wi-Fi.

The first release of WPA includes a subset of the industry group's specification for WLAN security, IEEE 802.11i, ahead of its standardization. 802.11i has a MAC functionality mostly dealing with the software that overlays the physical layers of a WLAN solution, such as 802.11b or 802.11a.

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