Intel is doing its own WiFi testing

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In a Chantilly, Va., laboratory, Intel Corp. engineers are conducting their own interoperability testing of wireless networking products.

The Secure WLAN Infrastructure for Government initiative is a response to government requests, an Intel official said.

'We're not doing this for any reason other than it's required by our customers. They're asking for it,' said Kevin Quinn of Intel's federal marketing group.

Intel hopes to end confusion about what products are needed to deploy a wireless infrastructure that meets government security standards, Quinn said. It wants to establish a framework to help agencies do everything from securing portable devices to scanning for rogue access points.

The lab will categorize wireless products against government-specific security issues to come up with multivendor solutions that meet Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 and agencies' own requirements. Intel will validate the solutions with agencies and publish its findings on a Web site that integrators and agencies can access.

The testing will be separate from the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification and compatibility testing, although Intel is an alliance member.

Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, said he first heard of the Intel initiative at last month's Government Computer News Wireless Security Conference. Hanzlik said he was concerned that the more groups doing compatibility testing, the more agencies could get confused.

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