Biometrics safeguard WiFi networks
Shimon Systems, a provider of fingerprint-based access control solutions, has introduced Bio-NetGuard WiFi Security Solution, a product it says solves the user authentication issue and strengthens security on Wi-Fi networks by providing fingerprint-based access control to the enterprise network at the very first point of contact — the WiFi access point.
By Jennifer Brown
According to the vendor, Bio-NetGuard leverages the fingerprint readers that are increasingly built into laptop computers, as well as a wide range of USB and PCMCIA card sensors, matching fingerprints quickly with virtually no performance penalty. It also prevents client association with WiFi access points that are not WPA/WPA 2.0 configured or authorized by the administrator.
A plug-and-play device, Bio-NetGuard can connect either to the WiFi access point or LAN router. It is also fully compliant with 802.11i, the next-generation WiFi security standard. Supported WiFi access point devices include NetGear, Linksys, Cisco, D-Link, and Bountiful, with more equipment in queue for interoperability certification.
Each Bio-NetGuard unit can secure multiple WiFi access points connected to the same router, allowing authenticated users to roam between access points — even those from different vendors — without having to re-authenticate.
The device is available in a fingerprint-only version, as well as a two-factor fingerprint and password authentication version for maximum network security. Both versions can be purchased in user configurations supporting from five users for small application all the way to 250 users or more for a large deployments.
It requires the Windows (2000/XP/Vista) operating system in either home or professional versions.