IETF Internet-Draft Proposal to Define EAP Smart Card Authentication Type

Friday 1 October 2004 16:15 CET | News

The WLAN Smart Card Consortium has endorsed a new EAP-SC authentication type to serve as a unified secure point of entry for all IP wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and Wi-Mobile, and their interconnect (IEEE 802.11, 802.16, 802.20 and 802.21).

The new authentication type provides wireless clients as diverse as handsets, PDAs, PCs and other embedded systems with a unique way to access standard TLS authentication in a tamper proof form factor. Additionally, the new EAP-SC type also offers access to GSM and 3G universal mobile standards with SIM and USIM authentication schemes. Taken together, the components of EAP-SC define the entrance into valued information networks, uniformly and in concert with the bearer. The new EAP-SC type fits immediately into existing authentication infrastructures and enhances security by enabling secure storage, tamper resistance and cryptographic capabilities of the smart card. This solves the critical problem of handing-off authentication seamlessly among multiple wireless network technologies.

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