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Secure your WLAN: Authenticate
The lack of strong wireless security continues to limit enterprise adoption of wireless LANs, due to the perceived high risk associated with deployment. Enterprises deciding against deploying wireless LANs will face increasing user demand and must aggressively address the potential for rogue access points within the enterprise network. Previously, Meta Group outlined its recommended approach for ensuring adequate security for wireless networks. During the past year, products and standards have matured, yet much variation in implementing and supporting wireless LAN security standards remains. During 2003, wireless LAN standards will fluctuate, as the IEEE, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and individual manufacturers attempt to simplify what has already become an incredibly complex initiative. As a result of the current complexity in securing wireless LANs in a non-vendor-specific fashion, many enterprises will choose to use virtual private networks (VPNs - e.g., IPSec). Meta Group does not believe, however, that VPNs will be the preferred method of choice (except for extremely security conscious environments) in 18-24 months, after the security standards are ratified and supported across mixed vendor platforms.
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