Support for WPA2-Based FIPS 140-2 Available
Devices with Summit radios that run the Juniper Networks Odyssey® Access Client FIPS Edition (OAC FE) can comply with a federal government security standard known as FIPS 140-2. The Juniper partnership makes Summit radios the first to support FIPS 140-2 with IEEE 802.11i, the ratified standard for Wi-Fi security, on Windows CE and Windows Mobile®.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issues Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) publications. The FIPS 140-2 publication defines the requirements for software modules that perform cryptography, or encryption and decryption, of sensitive data.
Devices that pass all Wi-Fi Alliance® tests for 802.11i support are certified for the Enterprise version of Wi-Fi Protected Access 2™, or WPA2™ - Enterprise. AES-CCMP, the encryption algorithm required for WPA2, is sufficient for FIPS 140-2. Most of today's Wi-Fi radios provide hardware support for AES-CCMP, but NIST requires that AES-CCMP be implemented in software.
OAC FE includes a FIPS-validated cryptographic module that implements AES-CCMP in software. When a device with a Summit radio runs OAC FE, the Summit radio passes control to the Juniper Networks cryptographic module for all encryption and decryption.
Support for Juniper Networks OAC FE is available with V2.01 of Summit software, which is generally available now. Mobile computers with Summit radios and Juniper Networks OAC FE will make their debut this quarter.
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