Product Test and Buyer's Guide
Product Test and Buyer's Guide, 09/20/07
By Christine Burns
There is certainly no shortage of news coverage on how enterprise WLAN products are now supporting the latest and greatest 802.11n standard with all the speed and manageability that it is supposed to bring with it. That said, it might be a prime time for enterprises to consider upgrading their wireless networks. Any upgrade to the WLAN infrastructure should also have baked into it an upgrade to the WLAN security parameters as well.
As part of NWW’s revamped Enterprise WLAN Gear and WLAN Security Buyer’s Guides – which are both set to go live on Oct. 1 (more on that later) – we’ve compiled a package of information that will help guide IT buyers through the processes of researching, short listing and deploying these products. While our traditional Buyer’s Guide product listings will remain an integral part of this overall package (see the current listings for WLAN gear and WLAN Security), the market trend pieces, technology primers, best practices description, buying tips, and tests and reviews will be available in one central location for easy access.
As part of the new WLAN Security Buyer’s we’ve contracted with Lisa Phifer, owner of Core Competence, a network and security technology consulting firm based in Chester Springs, Penn. Lisa has been involved in wireless solution design, testing, and vulnerability assessment since 1997. At our request, Lisa has compiled a list of the top five WLAN security-related questions any enterprise IT group should put forth to WLAN gear vendors looking to win new or upgrade contracts with them.
Here is Lisa’s list:
1: Are you ready for 802.11n?
2: How do you secure VoFi and multimedia traffic?
3: Do you have a knack for NAC?
4: Security vs. scalability
5: Cost of ownership
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