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Wireless networks: users love them for the mobility, the convenience, and the ease of installation. But securing them? That's another story. Unvarnished facts in this environment are tough to come by. Confusion and misinformation have dominated the industry dialogue, often leading buyers to shortsighted, knee-jerk purchases that involve proprietary solutions. All of us in the wireless networking industry agree that wireless network security is not without its problems. Workable, affordable solutions do exist to address them, however, and they don't involve committing to one vendor. The best solutions for wireless networks acknowledge and incorporate industry standard protocols. Consider these points: Proprietary technologies for key exchange or encryption weaken the open standard that can be shared by all vendors. Proprietary solutions render a company hostage to jus... (more)