WLAN VPN Support for Handhelds Ships

Security software vendor Certicom said Tuesday that it has started shipping a new version of its virtual private network (VNP) software for use by handhelds that access 802.11b wireless local area networks (WLANs).

As WLANs continue to grow in the enterprise, security concerns about them also have been mounting. Security experts have said that one way to secure WLANs is to use VPN technology. Microsoft’s recently upgraded Pocket PC 2002 handheld platform supports VPNs and a number of VPN adapters for both Palm and Pocket PC handhelds have been released.

Certicom said its movianVPN upgrade supports Pocket PC 2002, other devices based on Microsoft’s Windows CE platform as well as devices based on the Palm platform. The company said the product has been tested for interoperability with a wide variety of 802.11 and VPN hardware and software products from vendors such as Avaya, Cisco Systems, HP, Intel, Lucent, Nortel Networks and Xircom.

The product supports Certicom’s elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), which is aimed at low-footprint devices such as handhelds. It also supports IPSec.

The company said the product costs $29.95 per seat for an annual subscription. The annual subscription enables use of the product on any available platform.

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