Check Point announces new Wireless Initiative programs

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is certifying that its VPN products work with specific wireless products so network planners don't have to worry about interoperability when they are designing wireless security.

The company Tuesday is announcing two new programs as part of its Wireless Initiative, one that certifies wireless handheld devices to work with Check Point VPN-1 and SecureRemote software clients and one that certifies wireless networking gear will also work with Check Point products.

So far, the Wireless Initiative has certified the following handhelds and mobile devices: Hewlett-Packard Co. iPAQ PDAs, IBM Corp.'s ThinkPad laptops, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Powered Pocket PC 2002 devices and Smartphones 2002.

Certified network devices include Proxim Inc.'s wireless network interface cards. Intel Corp.'s cards are being tested and Check Point plans to test Agere Systems Inc.'s equipment.

Other vendors' products will be tested later.

The Wireless Initiative is part of Check Point's Open Platform for Security - OPSEC - partnership program.

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