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January 8, 2009

Meru Networks introduces new security gateway for government wireless LANs

US-based Meru Networks has introduced a security gateway appliance designed to meet the demands of Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 3 security for US and Canadian government agencies and other security-conscious organizations as they adopt wireless LANs.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to the company, the Meru SG1000 security gateway has been formally recommended for validation at Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3, the highest security level thus far sought by any WLAN vendor.

Unlike Level 2, which provides evidence of a breach only long after one has occurred and requires constant on-premises crypto-officer supervision, Level 3 is expected to provide physical tamper-proof security mechanisms, including a hard epoxy enclosure, as well as strong identity-based authentication, the company added.

Upon certification, Meru’s enterprise customers will be able to ensure full FIPS 140-2 compliance of their wireless networks by adding an SG1000 to an existing deployment.

Sivaram Nayudu, product line director at Meru, said: As wireless becomes an increasingly important component of federal, defense and other government networks, users at these agencies need the same assurances of security that they have in their wired networks.

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