WSC Serves Up WiFi Security

Wireless Security Corporation (WSC) unveils WSC Guard Security, a subscription-based service for securing WiFi wireless LANs

October 8, 2003

4 Min Read

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Wireless Security Corporation, a venture-backed Silicon Valley company, today unveiled a breakthrough Wi-Fi security service for small and mid-sized businesses and home offices. Based on patent-pending software, the company's WSC Guard(TM) Security service clears the biggest roadblock preventing businesses from taking advantage of wireless networking -- an easy and affordable way to secure a Wi-Fi network from attacks and business disruption.

WSC Guard is a cost-effective, subscription-based service that lets customers connect their computers to wireless networks at their offices or homes with confidence that their connection is safe from theft and secure from hackers. Recognizing the impact that WSC Guard can have on accelerating the adoption of wireless technologies, major manufacturers of laptop computers and wireless networking hardware, as well as major telecommunications firms and broadband service providers, are actively evaluating the service for their customers.

WSC Guard works with all current Wi-Fi standards (802.11 a, b and g) and is compatible with Wi-Fi equipment manufactured by Dell, Linksys, Buffalo Technologies, Proxim/Orinoco, Cisco, Intel Centrino(TM) and others.

Having completed Beta testing with several companies in July, the WSC Guard service already has signed up a number of charter users that have reported favorable results. Altera Corporation, a programmable logic company based in San Jose, Calif. continues to expand its WSC Guard pilot program. Altera is starting to leverage WSC Guard to provide its remote office employees with a wireless network that secures corporate information.

"As an IT manager, it's a big relief knowing that I no longer have to worry about the security of our network from wireless access at remote locations," said Dave Swan, senior IT manager of global networks and data centers for Altera. "WSC Guard is really filling a major need in the marketplace by providing a cost-effective solution, economies of scale and best-of-breed technology."

Swan said the benefits of deploying WSC Guard go well beyond technology. "WSC's service will help companies be confident in deploying wireless networks, which in turn will change the entire work environment," he said. "Wireless networks will free up people to do their work anywhere, any time. That's a real shift in the human paradigm and how people will use computers in the future. WSC Guard will be a chief enabler in that revolution."

Studies by Microsoft, Jupiter Research and others show that security is the No. 1 concern among businesses considering going wireless. Not only can hackers freeload on a customer's service, they can do much more serious damage, such as disrupt a company's wireless network and bring business to a halt. Even worse, they can steal information stored on computers, including intellectual property, personal identity, customer records, financial information and other sensitive data.

Because wireless local area networking (WLAN) is based on radio wave transmissions, the technology has given rise to legitimate concerns about network security. These concerns have been addressed by new, tighter security products based on the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security specification. But in order to take full advantage of WPA, companies have to implement expensive and complicated authentication systems -- realistically available only to large enterprises.

WSC is changing all that with a unique approach to protecting WLANs. Among other things, WSC Guard is the only Wi-Fi security offering that:

  • Is an on-going wireless security service, assuring customers that they will have state-of-the-art protection from hackers around the clock;

  • Provides a simple solution that customers can install themselves in minutes, without any dedicated hardware;

  • Allows authorized guests (i.e. non-local employees, partners, and customers) secure access to a company's wireless network;

  • At under $8 per month per user, is a cost-effective way to prevent an intrusion that could jeopardize critical data and bring business to a halt; and

  • Has built-in WLAN redundancy so that if a company loses its connection to the authentication center, there's a fallback mechanism so customers never have to wait for a technician to come out.

"With Dell, HP and others shipping more than 30 million wireless enabled notebooks this year, we believe that our partnership with Wireless Security Corporation adds tremendous value to our small and midsize enterprise customers," said James Cermak, managing partner of Global Network Solutions, a Chicago-based integrator of wireless networking and security solutions.

By combining the latest IEEE standards, patented software and a sophisticated network authentication center, WSC Guard provides airtight protection for transmitted data and prevents unauthorized users from accessing WLANs.

"Once a user has registered and has been granted access, the WSC authentication center uses mutual authentication and dynamic encryption based on 802.1x and WPA specifications to safely authenticate to the WLAN," explained Terry Lillie, vice president of engineering at Wireless Security Corporation. "WSC Guard also tracks every attempted login and provides real-time intrusion alerts and detailed audit trails, so customers are always aware of their security condition."

Wireless Security Corporation has 10 patent applications supporting its unique Wi-Fi security technology. The patents cover user authentication, fault-tolerant software technology, and auto-configuration, self-configuration and auto-discovery systems.

Wireless Security Corp.

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