Bluesocket, SSH Tighten Wireless Security

By Colin C. Haley

September 04, 2002

Looking to speed adoption of wireless local area networks, Bluesocket and SSH Communications Security have partnered to address one of the top concerns about the systems -- security.

Looking to speed adoption of wireless local area networks (WLANS), Bluesocket and SSH Communications Security have partnered to address one of the top concerns about the systems -- security. Under the pact, Bluesocket's Wireless Gateway products will be melded with SSH's Sentinel software for virtual private network and peer-to-peer connections.

Also included are joint marketing activities, cross-recommendation of products to customers, testing and certification efforts, technical reseller and channel training, and joint service and support. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"SSH Sentinel is a highly desired privacy and confidentiality option for companies having mobile work forces and together, we will accelerate the adoption of wireless networks in the enterprise," said Eric Janszen, CEO of Burlington, Mass.-based Bluesocket.

Bluesocket products, used by corporate customers and large organizations such as Harvard Medical School, Best Western Hotels and KPMG Consulting, work with 802.11, Bluetooth and HiperLAN-based networks.

Its Wireless Gateway, which is configured via a Web browser, sits between an enterprise's access points (wireless base stations) and the rest of the network, acting as a gateway between wireless and wired components.

The setup gives users of laptops and PDAs wireless access to corporate networks and the Internet while moving within their campus buildings, other corporate premises and public coverage areas.

The firm is privately held and raised $16 million in second-round financing in April.

"The combined solution will give enterprises and OEMs a robust security solution for seamless connectivity to the network from any location," said George Adams, president and CEO of SSH Communications Security.

SSH, based in Finland with U.S. headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., makes software that allows users to access corporate resources securely regardless of their connection.

It protects the integrity of files, e-mails, messaging and IP telephony through encryption, authentication and firewall technology. SSH was founded in 1995.



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