Palm Wi-Fi PDA gets Aegis security

Wednesday, 20 August 2003, 2:42 PM EST

Palm's Tungsten C Wi-Fi PDA is now backed by Meetinghouse's Aegis enterprise-oriented WLAN access authentication software, the network security specialist said.

Aegis is often touted as a key corporate security component. It's based on the 802.1x security standard, and it features Cisco's Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP) authentication scheme, allowing wireless devices to provide the same level of authentication security as other network clients. LEAP forces both client and server to prove their bona fides to each other before allowing a connection to be maintained between them.

As an 802.11b device, the Tungsten C's security provisions are limited to Wired Equivalent Protection (WEP), the largely distrusted protocol built into early Wi-Fi standards. In an attempt to improve the situation, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), a subset of the stringent 802.11i WLAN security protocol due to be ratified as a standard early next year.

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