SafeWiFi: A New Service Offering Secures Wireless
August 2002: Brainlink
International has announced its new service offering, SafeWiFi,
which allows its customers to secure their wireless networks,
increasing business efficiency and peace of mind.
Using high-grade encryption, Brainlink's SafeWiFi team can "lock
down" your company's 802.11b network, allowing you to take
full advantage of the conveniences and cost savings wireless offers,
while reducing the risk of having your data exposed, your bandwidth
exploited or your identity forged.
"Wireless is hot right now, but too many companies are installing
it without fully addressing its security risks," says Brainlink
International's CTO, Raj Goel, adding, "our SafeWiFi process
allows companies with existing 802.11b networks to secure them,
while also allowing those companies that thought they couldn't
take advantage of wireless' cost savings to get on board."
Unlike other 802.11b security solutions, Brainlink's supports
not just Windows clients, but also Mac, Linux and BSD clients
-- meaning no one is left out of improved security. In most cases
SafeWiFi can be implemented at a significant cost savings when
compared to other competing and less flexible services.
SafeWiFi grew out of Brainlink's own needs. "We wanted to
use 802.11b in our own offices, since it's easier to encourage
collaboration amongst our technology innovators when they're not
tethered to their desks," Goel says, "but a number of
security concerns forced us to develop SafeWiFi before we were
comfortable with that move."
Goel reports that those security issues included increasing incidents
of warchalking, wardriving and warstorming, in which accessible
802.11b networks are mapped by and shared amongst hackers looking
for free bandwidth or potential targets, and the setup of a public
802.11b network near Brainlink's offices, which radically increased
wireless traffic in the area.
"Having a secure wireless network has been a wonderful step
for Brainlink and we decided to market our SafeWiFi services,
so that other companies could benefit from our approach to this
exciting technology," Goel says.
Founded in 1994, Brainlink International is a technology services
firm focused on applications and website development, security
and privacy consulting, and managed hosting solutions. Brainlink's
clients range from small business to Fortune-1000 companies and
are in the healthcare, (including HIPAA
compliance services) pharmaceutical, financial services, publishing
and retail sectors.