infoSync World : IEEE approves 802.11i security spec

Finally, a native security layer has been approved by the IEEE: 802.11i. "Wi-Fi technology, including 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g transmission standards, has long been criticized for its lack of decent security and privacy. The first attempt at a security system for Wi-Fi was Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which was based on a very simple private key system that served as little more than a speed bump for malicious users. Subsequent systems have tried to tighten security, but so far none have faced widespread adoption. 802.11i is expected to be certified as Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) compliant.
Although the specification is now approved, software to make it usable won't be available to customers until September, when the WiFi Alliance will begin compatibility testing for new devices."


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