Stronger WLan security standard approved

The IEEE 802.11i specification, the latest set of rules to bolster security on wireless LANs, has received final approval,...

The IEEE 802.11i specification, the latest set of rules to bolster security on wireless Lans, has received final approval, according to a co-author of the standard.

The IEEE 802.11i subcommittee signed off on the standard last week, according to a statement from Trapeze Networks that was attributed to Dan Harkins, a software engineer at the wireless Lan equipment supplier.

Harkins was a co-author of several portions of the specification.

The specification adds the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) protocol to 802.11, which forms the basis of Wi-Fi wireless Lan technologies.

AES is a stronger form of encryption than is found in the current WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) mechanism and is the security standard for wireless networks that carry US government information.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has said it plans to certify products for 802.11i support beginning in September.

Stephen Lawson writes for IDG News Service

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