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As the number of networked wireless devices continues to rise in the enterprise, the challenge of securing them continues to grow as well.

For most IT managers, two basic options exist: Install a VPN or employ 802.1x authentication. Two companies are offering updates to both concepts with new wares that make it easier to secure large numbers of wireless users and devices.

Meru Networks Inc. will introduce this week a WLAN (wireless LAN) VPN module that supports Secure Sockets Layer, allowing a Web browser to handle the key exchange, while Funk Software Inc. rolls out Version 3.0 of its Odyssey Client next week.

Meru’s solution, the Meru Zero-Config VPN, enables remote users who connect to the network via a wireless handheld to hook up to a VPN automatically, without requiring the VPN to be installed on the handheld.

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