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Advanced Security That's Automatic—and Simple.

SmartSec is a unique collection of security capabilities that automates client-side security, making it easy to use. It provides a patent-pending mechanism that generates, configures, and installs encryption keys on client devices—in a process that's totally transparent to the user.

SmartSec features:

Dynamic PSK

Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (PSK) is a patented technology developed to provide robust and secure wireless access while eliminating the arduous task of manual confi guration of end devices and the tedious management of encryption keys.

Dynamic PSK creates a unique 63-byte encryption key for each user upon accessing the wireless LAN for the fi rst time and then automatically configures end devices with the requisite wireless settings (i.e., SSID and unique passphrase) without any manual intervention.

Wireless Security Choice for Enterprises

Wireless security remains a primary concern for enterprises when deploying a WLAN. But securing a WLAN is complex and time consuming. This is a major problem for enterprises with limited IT staff that don’t have the time or expertise to implement robust wireless security. Authentication (i.e., who is the user and what is the device) and encryption (the scrambling of data) are the two primary security issues to be addressed.

Three popular security options available tradeoff security and ease of deployment. But none of these options provides an optimal solution.

Wireless Security Options

Security Opiton Benefits Drawbacks
Open network
  • Simple to use and deploy
  • Completely insecure
  • Some client configure still required
Pre-Shared Key
  • Straightforward implementation
  • Link layer encryption
  • Easily compromised
  • Same key for all employees
  • Client confi guration required
  • Robust and comprehensive framework
  • Strong encryption and authentication
  • Expensive authentication server
  • Requires 802.1X supplicant on every end device
  • Highly complex
  • Time-consuming to implement
Dynamic PSK
  • Easy to use
  • Strong encryption without 802.1X
  • No admin intervention
  • Works with existing authentication without EAP
  • Manual confi guration required for handheld devices (e.g., phones, PDA)

While simple to implement, an open wireless network is clearly not a secure solution as it leaves user transmissions in the clear inviting would-be snoopers to easily grab data out of the air or penetrate the internal network.

A more commonly used wireless security option is the common pre-shared encryption key. A key or passphrase is configured on the APs and on every laptop.

While this option is perceived to be more secure, it’s not. Using the same PSK for all employees means that key can be easily compromised. The common PSK also tends to be a relatively short string that can be easily compromised. And for every new employee, IT staff must configure the laptop with the SSID and the key. If there’s a need to replace the key (e.g., employee leaves), every laptop must be reconfigured.

The third option uses an enterprise-class solution such as 802.1X. Through a highly secure solution, 802.1X is very complex to set up. It requires having the right infrastructure starting with the RADIUS server all the way to 802.1X supplicants on each and every client. Configuring and maintaining 802.1X is time consuming for enterprises that do not have the resources to manage such an endeavor.

A new approach, Dynamic PSK solves these problems.