Microsoft Bolsters XP Wireless Security
Microsoft has released an update to Windows XP Service Pack 2 that fortifies the operating system's wireless networking security through the adoption of Wi-Fi Protected Access 2.Microsoft has released an update to Windows XP Service Pack 2 that fortifies the operating systems wireless networking security through the adoption of Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. WPA2 offers more advanced data encryption and conforms to government-mandated regulations for security, including HIPPA and FIPS 140-2. The update also adds support for Wireless Provisioning Services Information Element, which enables ISPs to migrate to secure wireless hot spots. Specifically, WPS IE offers support for both secured and unsecured connections in a single network, easing migration. "Since the start of the Wi-Fi boom, customers have wanted to realize the convenience and increased productivity of wireless networks, but many have not been able to because of the confidential nature of their work," said Merwyn Andrade, chief technology officer at Aruba Networks.
"The addition of WPA2 security to Windows XP allows customers to access programs that store sensitive information and transmit private documents regardless of whether they are at their desks, in a meeting room or working wirelessly from a remote location."