IBM Makes Wireless Roaming More Secure
Posted by WDN (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 24, 2003
Today, IBM is announcing the next version of its WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager offering - setting the bar higher for secure, seamless roaming across
multiple types of wireless and wired networks.
WebSphere software for wireless networks achieves highest level of FIPS
security certification -- Armonk, N.Y., June 24, 2003 - - IBM today announced new software and
services that set the bar higher for secure, seamless roaming across
multiple types of wireless and wired networks. The new software and
solutions provide mobile workers with the highest level of secure access to
enterprise information from the growing number of wireless "hot-spots"
being rolled out around the globe, in places ranging from airports and
truckstops to coffee shops.
Awarded the U.S. and Canadian government's highest Federal Information
Processing Standard, or FIPS rating, for security certification, the newest
version of the company's WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager software
provides easier, more secure and more cost-efficient access to use wireless
technology. This allows mobile workers to improve productivity, protect the
privacy of important data and maximize companies' return on their wireless
IT investments. Additionally, IBM Global Services wireless security
offerings help customers to assess their security vulnerabilities in wireless
systems, as well as building the defenses that match their specific
"WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager raises the bar to new heights for
mobile workers who need secure access to data from multiple types of
computing devices," said Joe Damassa, vice president, IBM Pervasive
Computing Division." "As hot-spots continue to grow in popularity, IBM is
making it easier for mobile workers to securely access important
information across multiple networks without interruption so they can do
business at anytime from virtually anyplace."
With the new version of WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager, mobile
employees can use a laptop or a PDA to move from location to location,
enjoying secure, high speed access to information across Wi-Fi,
cellular, wireless data telecommunications, iDEN, CDMA, and PWLAN hot
spots, without interrupting web connections or losing an existing session.
The software creates a mobile Virtual Private Network, (VPN) for both Internet Protocol
(IP) networks and non-IP or private packet radio networks, that protects
sensitive enterprise data by encrypting data, optimizing performance and
reducing transmission costs.
Without the secure, seamless, cross networking roaming capability in this
software, an end user would be disconnected from their session and forced
to repeatedly restart the application, re-authenticate to the firewall,
obtain a new Internet Protocol address, and renew the Virtual Private
Network connection. Maintaining a secure seamless connection when roaming
is particularly important while exchanging instant messages because
dropping the connection would result in losing an entire conversation
IBM business partners like Cotelligent, which build customized business
solutions that enhance, integrate and extend current environments with
Mobile and Web technologies, are benefiting from building mobile
applications on the highly secure WebSphere platform.
"IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager provides a secure gateway
for customers to access information remotely across multiple wireless
networks," said John DeWald, Vice President of Technology Cotelligent, Inc.
"WECM provides a variety of support services that can help implement
security applications, control wireless usage costs and extend link complex
infrastructures through legacy wireless networks."
Secure access to data and improved efficiency, productivity and cost
savings are among the benefits users will gain from new features in the
software and services which include:
** Meets the Highest Industry Standard for Security Certification
IBM WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager software was recently awarded
the Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS 140-2 level of
certification on AIX 5.2, Trusted Solaris and all Windows clients, widely
viewed as the most stringent security standard internationally. FIPS 140-2
was developed by U.S. and Canadian governments and defines the requirements
for commercial cryptographic products that may be procured by U.S and
Canadian Federal agencies. It is also becoming a sought-after indicator
throughout federal, provincial, state, and local governments, as well as
security-insistent enterprises to validate the degree of security
"robustness" of enterprise networking products.
** Enables Customers to Prioritize their Network of First Choice
Wireless road-warriors can now benefit from a new customized network
roaming feature, which enables users to customize the software to
prioritize the network they prefer to access data from based on important
business priorities - - for example, determining the most cost-effective
network, which network offers the highest-speed access to data, or provides
the most bandwidth available to wirelessly download a particular kind of
** Reduces costs through Advanced Data Compression Optimization
WECM utilizes new advanced data compression optimization technologies to
reduce costs associated with data transmission, by reducing the size of
bytes and the bandwidth of files being transmitted wirelessly -- thereby
speeding the transmission of data across a network or multiple networks,
resulting in lower connection fees for enterprises. Initial performance
testing demonstrates WECM can improve network throughput of a typical 15-20
KBS GPRS network to as high as 49Kbps. By compressing data and optimizing
transmission headers, the software reduced log files sizes by up to 67
percent - resulting in dramatic cost savings, increased mobile worker
productivity and improved customer satisfaction.
Enterprises Protect Data and Maximize ROI:
Some of the customers benefiting from IBM's wireless solutions include:
The Air Force Material Center at Hill Air Force Base, HAFB, in Ogden,
Utah expects to save millions of dollars a year from a highly secure
FIPS-140 certified IBM wireless solution using WECM to radically
transform the way it manages worldwide logistical support for the
repair, replacement and maintenance of thousands of components for the
nation's fleet of F-16, A-10 and C-130 military aircraft.
IBM and a partnership of public safety and transportation agencies in
Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are building the Capital
Wireless Integrated Network (CapWIN) for the Washington D.C. region. The
first interoperable wireless system to span multi-state government
jurisdictions, the network will enable officials from more than 40
local, state, and federal agencies to communicate with each other in
real time roaming across various networks via an Instant Messaging
application deployed on low cost, industry standard devices such as PCs,
PDAs and data enabled mobile phones. Authorized users will be able to
set up response teams -- restricted-access, high-performance chat rooms
-- designed to help handle unexpected events, such as natural disasters,
traffic collisions, fires or terrorist threats.
WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager version 5.0 is currently available.
It can be purchased as an individual product or as part of IBM's new Mobile
Office Entry Jumpstart solution.
In addition to WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager software, IBM's
Mobile Office Entry Jumpstart solution also includes WebSphere Everyplace
Access software, IBM eServers and IBM services to help enterprises in
numerous industries pilot and test run the software with Palm Tungsten
handheld computers supporting up to 50 clients. WebSphere Everyplace Access
is middleware that enables a wide range of pervasive devices to provide
mobile professionals constant wireless access to a wide range of enterprise
data in databases as well as personal productivity applications and Lotus
Instant Messaging to support Sales Force Automation (SFA) and Field Force
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