Microsoft, more security for WiFi – Macitynet.it
As the popularity of WiFi grows, the security needs of the system and therefore also the need to implement new forms of data protection that circulate freely in the ether and can be intercepted by hackers. To meet these needs, Microsoft announced that from August it will integrate a package of new security measures, called 802.1x, into its operating systems.
The announcement came during "802.11 West" a conference that was held in Seattle and dedicated to the standard used by Airport. In this way, Microsoft hopes to push several companies that have not yet embraced the standard precisely for reasons of security in the circulation of data, to switch to WiFi.
The data protection system will add up to WEP, a standard methodology used by WiFi, but judged too easily penetrated by pirates. In view there are also more robust but still immature systems, such as 802.11i, which will not be on the market before next year.
The hope of Microsoft and the WECA consortium to continue to stimulate the growth of WiFi, one of the few happy islands in the IT market, according to a recent In-Stat survey, the number of laptops with Wi-Fi cards could in fact come from the current 1, 2 million to 20 million in 2006.