Nokia Corp. plans to offer a new mobile end-to-end security system for enterprises in the first quarter of 2003, the company said Monday at its Mobile Internet Conference here.
The Espoo, Finland-based mobile communication equipment vendor had announced its intention to develop security software for enterprises with huge mobile networks earlier this year at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany.
The technology, currently being tested by the Japanese IT equipment vendor Fujitsu Ltd., will allow enterprises to extend VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections to their mobile workers both securely and efficiently, said Greg Shortell, vice president of global communication sales at Nokia, in an interview.
The Nokia mobile VPN client product uses industry standard protocols, such as Internet Protocol Security between VPN clients and gateways supporting both legacy and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) authentication, Nokia said in a statement. This allows mobile users to authenticate using username/password pairs, security tokens or X.509 digital certificates.
The product will be interoperable with the VPN gateway software from Nokia's global partner, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Nokia said.
The Nokia Mobile VPN Client software will support 56-bit and 168-bit encryption.