Networking

04:00 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

802.11i Ratification Expected To Spur WLAN Adoption

Thursday's final ratification of the 802.11i WLAN security standard will boost confidence in WLAN security and encourage enterprise deployment, experts say.

As expected, the IEEE Thursday formally -- and unanimously -- ratified the 802.11i security standard, also known as WPA2, for Wi-Fi networks.

While ratification was expected, it is widely considered as necessary to renew confidence in WLAN security, particularly by enterprise IT managers.

"It will definitely result in faster adoption of wireless in the enterprise because more companies will feel safer," said Phil Solis, senior analyst for ABI Research. "It's part psychological."

Solis noted that much of the standard had already been built into WLAN equipment. "Almost all equipment since late 2002 has had it," he noted. "All it will take is a firmware upgrade to get to the official standard. And equipment will now ship with it built-in so enterprises won't even have to go through the bother of upgrading the firmware of older stuff."

Besides encouraging adoption in the enterprise, Solis said he also expected ratification to encourage delivery of content to home users, where wireless LANs have been widely adopted.

Previous
1 of 3
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Cartoon
Slideshows
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
Jeremy Schulman, founder of Schprockits, a network automation startup operating in stealth mode, joins us to explore whether networking professionals all need to learn programming in order to remain employed.
White Papers
Register for Network Computing Newsletters
Current Issue
2014 Private Cloud Survey
2014 Private Cloud Survey
Respondents are on a roll: 53% brought their private clouds from concept to production in less than one year, and 60% ­extend their clouds across multiple datacenters. But expertise is scarce, with 51% saying acquiring skilled employees is a roadblock.
Video
Twitter Feed