Entry Point Security Solution
Networks Inc., a manufacturer of secure wireless LAN routers
addresses the security concerns relating to the implementation of
IEEE 802.11b Wireless LANs by adding IPSec and L2TP support to its
range of secure Wireless LAN Routers.
``It has been proven that WEP security can be compromised within
minutes, exposing your network and your data to eavesdropping,''
said Pierre Trudeau, President of Colubris Networks Inc. ``Although
many vendors recommend the use of longer encryption keys or are
waiting for WEP 2 (IEEE 802.11i) to solve the problem, the inherent
flaws in the WEP protocol remain its Achilles heel.''
To address these security issues, many industry experts recommend
the use of an external virtual private networking (VPN) server to
provide strong access control and security. Although this protects
access to the corporate backbone network, it does not protect the
traffic between client stations attached to a wireless access point.
``Wireless access points that rely solely on an external VPN server
are also exposed,'' said Trudeau. ``To be effective, security needs
to be implemented at the entry point into the network, otherwise
portions of the network remain vulnerable.''
By embedding IPSec and L2TP into its CN1050 range of secure wireless
LAN routers, Colubris Networks extends the protection of VPN to
wireless traffic. All wireless traffic is blocked until an authenticated,
encrypted VPN tunnel is established with the Colubris Networks wireless
``802.11 users are demanding strong security on their wireless
networks,'' said Stephane Laroche, Senior Architect at Colubris
Networks. ``With our CN1050, wireless client stations will have
to establish an IPSec tunnel or an IPSec-protected L2TP tunnel to
gain access to the network. By embedding IPSec in the wireless access
point, you now have two-way authentication, enabling the wireless
station to also authenticate the wireless access point.''
"By combining IPSec and wireless LAN technologies into a
single device, they have created a highly secure solution that significantly
reduces the eavesdropping risks associated with wireless networking.''
says Gemma Paulo, Industry Analyst at Cahners In-Stat
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