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Wi-Fi Alliance Expands Wi-Fi Protected Access Certification Program for Enterprise and Government Users

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has added four new widely deployed Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types to its Wi-Fi Protected Access- (WPA) and WPA2- Enterprise certification programs. These new EAP types further expand the tested interoperability of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA- and WPA2-Enterprise networking products for enterprise and government deployments.

The newly-supported EAP types include EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, PEAPv0/EAP- MSCHAPv2, PEAPv1/EAP-GTC and EAP-SIM, joining the currently tested EAP-TLS. In addition, supplicants and authentication servers from Wi-Fi Alliance member companies Devicescape Software and Meetinghouse join existing products from Funk Software, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in the test bed for the program.

"The robust security enabled by WPA and WPA2 provides the high level of confidence required in large-scale, enterprise-class deployments," commented Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director Frank Hanzlik. "Expanded EAP testing is a direct response to the ongoing demand for interoperability across authentication methods, and delivers greatly increased flexibility to enterprise IT managers."

The Wi-Fi Alliance has long taken a leadership role with regard to interoperable, standards-based security. Since the launch of the WPA program in April 2003, and the release of WPA2 in September 2004, nearly 800 products have undergone WPA and WPA2 interoperability certification.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has also released a new white paper titled, Deploying Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and WPA2 in the Enterprise. This paper, ideal for IT managers planning a Wi-Fi deployment, outlines the seven key steps to successfully deploy a secure Wi-Fi network in an enterprise or government setting. The free white paper is available for download from the Wi-Fi Alliance website at www.wi-fi.org
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