Wi-Fi alliance to beef up security

Monday, 14 February 2005, 4:15 PM EST

Security remains the key issue deterring enterprise users from making major investments in Wi-Fi, despite all the improvements over the past year. Whether real or perceived, the security risks of wireless LANs are still holding deployments back. Conscious of this, the Wi-Fi Alliance is trying to beef up standard security still further.

It has already agreed to a dual-layer security approach, with WPA2 (the brand name for the 802.11i standard) supporting advanced functions including AES encryption, while the more basic WPA originally an interim standard en route to 802.11i will be kept for devices that require less stringent security and lower costs, particularly in the consumer space.

By Wireless Watch at The Register.

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