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Gujarat set to become first Wi-Fi secure state

With wireless high-speed Internet,better known as Wi-Fi,being increasingly used in homes,corporations and public places,security agencies have felt a need for increasing the security of the system.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara |
August 31, 2009 12:57:17 am

With wireless high-speed Internet,better known as Wi-Fi,being increasingly used in homes,corporations and public places,security agencies have felt a need for increasing the security of the system.

During investigations in the bomb blast cases,the police came across several unsecured Wi-Fi connections that were used for sending threat mails.

In order to make Wi-Fi connections more secure,the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has now come up with new guidelines for Wi-Fi and ISP for homes,businesses and other locations in public places.

An Ahmedabad based company,Elitcore Technologies Ltd (ETL),has tied up with BSNL to make these Wi-Fi hotspots secure.

As a first,ETL will start the project with Gujarat as it has been a soft target for terror attacks.

“There are several two and five-star facilities in Gujarat. It is increasingly important for them to have secure Wi-Fi connections,” said L K Pathak,a senior manger with ETL.

Pathak added: “We have tied up with BNSL to provide technology,where the security would be at the service providers’ end. Each subscriber of the ISP would have to buy a card,which will allow access to Internet at the Wi-Fi spots. This would provide them with a unique ID. With the help of this ID,the person would be able to log on to the Internet.”

He further said: “Earlier,the security was aimed at stonewalling the attack on computers through Internet,therefore firewalls were needed. Now,it is the connection and not the computer which is under threat. We are making the connections secure.”

The subscribers will have to log on to the Internet through the centralised server of ETL.

BSNL has tied up with ETL,while Reliance and Tata are already existing partners for Wi-Fi secured networks with ETL.

The DoT recently introduced significant new compliance requirements for all ISPs providing Wi-Fi services at public places like airports,malls,cafes,schools and hotels,among others.

Enterprises and offices that use leased lines and install their own Wi-Fi routers also need to be secure.

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