Aruba boosts Wlan switch security

Aruba Wireless Networks has made several security improvements to its wireless network switch, aimed at protecting corporate...

Aruba Wireless Networks has made several security improvements to its wireless network switch, aimed at protecting...

corporate Wi-Fi networks from problems with client devices.

The improvement includes a deal with firewall company Zone Labs to quarantine any virus-infected devices before allowing access, a deal with Funk software to put industry-standard 802.1x on the Aruba product, and two-factor authentication with RSA's SecurID product.

Virus infected devices are quarantined and fixed through a partnership with Zone Labs. As part of the authentication process, any user attaching to an Aruba-based wireless Lan will be vetted by a Zone Labs integrity server, and then either quarantined or allowed access to the network.

"If you have a laptop that is not up to spec, in terms of virus protection, we send you to Zone Labs and they make sure you are up to spec," said Pankaj Manglik, co-founder and vice president of product management at Aruba. "Then, and only then, do we allow access to the network. We protect users from other users."

The Funk Software deal bundles a 30-day trial of Funk's Odyssey security software with Aruba's products. Odyssey is an IEEE 802.1x authentication client, intended to work with Funk's secure back-end server software, Steel-Belted Radius.

Aruba's system has been certified to work with RSA's Security two-factor authentication, where a computer-generated passcode is used to authenticate the user as well as a password. The Aruba system can cache credentials for a short space of time to allow users to roam to different hotspots.

Peter Judge writes for



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