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Wireless Network Security Concerns Dominate Wi-Fi Show

At a wireless conference and trade show this past week, dueling speakers at the show told audiences that wireless was both ready -- and not so ready -- for prime time in the enterprise.

At the Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo, which opened Dec. 1 in San Jose, Calif., a Cisco executive said that issues keeping enterprises from adopting wireless networks have been largely solved.

In a speech, Steve Nye, the general manager of Cisco's Building Broadband Solutions division, touted Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and the work being done by the IEEE's 802.11i group as solutions that will put enterprise concerns about wireless security to rest.

Later in the day, however, a former Intel executive turned the tables in a speech where he blasted wireless as being too complicated and too difficult to install.

Les Vadasz, who retired from Intel earlier this year after a 25-year run with the chip-making giant, also countered Nye's claims that the current state of wireless security was good enough.

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