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End-to-end encryption provides Wap security

New technology from Tivoli unveiled earlier this week promises to deliver end-to-end encryption from a Wap handset to back-end enterprise IT systems

The Wap specification offers a security model for communications between handsets and the Wap gateway. But Carl Kessler, vice president and general manager at Tivoli Secureway, points out that the Wap gateway resides outside the corporate firewall, and thus is open to security attacks.

Kessler says the extension to Secureway provides a way for users to tie business systems to the Wap gateway in a secure fashion. "Many financial institutes are required to provide end-to-end security. But today, the endpoint for security is the Wap gateway," he says.

Kessler says some users have had to deploy duplicate IT systems in order to offer Wap-based financial services that do not interfere with their secure banking systems. With Secureway, the same IT system can be accessed securely over Wap, avoiding the requirement for duplicate systems.

This is the latest in a series of announcements from both IBM and Tivoli aimed at gaining a headstart in the burgeoning market for pervasive products.

In March, Big Blue announced a Wap partnership with Nokia aimed at ISPS and ASPs. Tivoli has already launched its Tivoli Device Manager (TDM) for the Palm platform of PDAs.

See next week's issue for an in-depth look at managing pervasive devices


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