Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) Expanded to Support EAP-AKA and EAP-FAST Authentication Mechanisms
With Wi-Fi(R) at the core of the enterprise network, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED security keeps pace with evolving network landscape
“Wi-Fi technology is at the core of most enterprise networks, serving a wide and growing array of devices and applications,” said
“Wi-Fi has become a mission-critical technology in enterprise environments, in large part because of the important assurances provided by Wi-Fi CERTIFIED testing,” said
Adoption of 3G is increasing worldwide, with ABI Research estimating that 3G handsets will exceed 50% of all mobile handsets sold in 2009. EAP-AKA (Authentication and Key Agreement) is a next-generation authentication method for 3G cellular systems which enables handoff between the cellular and Wi-Fi network using a single user identifier. EAP-FAST (Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling), uses multiple secured tunnels during authentication. The other five EAP types included in WPA2 Enterprise testing are: EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2, PEAPv1/EAP-GTC and EAP-SIM.
As a result of these additions a new authentication server from Open System Consultants joins Microsoft and Devicescape servers in the certification test environment. In addition, a new supplicant from the Open1X Project has been added to the test suite that also includes Microsoft and Cisco clients.
The Wi-Fi Alliance plans additional enterprise certification programs to launch in the coming 24 months. These include: WMM(R)-Admission Control, for managed access to network resources; Voice-Enterprise, to test voice performance of Wi-Fi networks in multiple-access point environments; Wireless Network Management, for additional management and performance capabilities; and updates to WPA2 security testing to include management frame protection.
About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to the proliferation of Wi-Fi technology across devices and market segments. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, the Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi, worldwide.
SOURCE Wi-Fi Alliance