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Aruba Networks Leads the Charge with U.S. Army’s First 802.11n Wireless LAN Access Point on Approved Products List

Wi-Fi and Virtual Branch Networking Solutions Added to Approved Products List of the Office of Information Assurance and Certification

Monday, April 5, 2010 9:10 pm PDT

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"Since its founding Aruba has been the leader in wireless network security, and the Army’s accreditation is indicative of our commitment to remain ahead of the industry"

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a global leader in distributed enterprise network solutions, today announced that its adaptive 802.11n wireless LAN access point is the first ever to receive accreditation from the U.S. Army’s Office of Information Assurance and Certification (OIA&C) and inclusion on the Army’s Information Assurance Approved Products List. U.S. Army users at last have access to secure 802.11n wireless LANs - operating at greater than 100 Mbps and with industry-leading capacity - for video, voice, and data applications.

Accreditation required that Aruba’s products meet the following criteria:

  • Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 validation
  • Common Criteria Level EAL2 evaluation, EAL4 evaluation in-process
  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) compliance
  • U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command (USAISEC) Technology Integration Center (TIC) evaluation and recommendation

In addition to 802.11n, the Army also tested and approved Aruba’s Virtual Branch Networking (VBN) and secure mesh solutions. VBN provides remotely deployed sites, traveling commanders, and teleworkers with secure connection to data, voice, and video applications. The solution uses a family of low-cost, centrally managed Remote Access Points (RAPs) to connect to the data center via a range of different WAN links.

Aruba’s resilient, self-healing secure mesh enables radio signals to hop reliably from access point to access point without any data cabling. Secure mesh allows Wi-Fi access points to be located and relocated anywhere, quickly and reliably in even the harshest environments, without installing a wired backbone or making site modifications.

Only Aruba provides a single wireless architecture that encompasses campus access, remote access, and mesh networking. Key features include best-in-class security with client-to-core cryptography, integrated wireless intrusion detection compliant with DoD 8100.2, and an integrated policy enforcement firewall. By design, no sensitive cryptographic user key data are accessible on any access points, protecting the integrity of the network should an access point be stolen or probed.

“This approval is significant because it enables all branches of the Army to launch their transition from legacy wired networks to highly secure mobility solutions, with a wide range of connectivity models, using one common architecture,” said Harry McLarnon, Aruba’s Federal Operations Director. “Prior to this approval the Army was unable to support users over high-speed Wi-Fi, or to offer a common connectivity experience to remote users. Despite the demand from users, there was no accredited solution available. Now there is and we believe the transition to wireless will begin in earnest.”

Army accredited Aruba products include:

  • Aruba 6000 and 3600 Mobility Controllers
  • AP-125 802.11n Access Point
  • AP-65 and AP-70 Indoor Access Points
  • AP-85 Outdoor Access Points
  • Policy Enforcement Firewall Software Module
  • Wireless Intrusion Protection Software Module
  • Indoor and Outdoor Mesh Software Module
  • Remote Access Point Software Module
  • ArubaOS Operating System

“Since its founding Aruba has been the leader in wireless network security, and the Army’s accreditation is indicative of our commitment to remain ahead of the industry,“ continued McLarnon. “Our compliance with Common Criteria, FIPS 140-2, Department of Defense Directive 8100.2, and OIA&C security policies enables us to address both civilian applications, like FDIC audit teams, and military uses including logistics, healthcare, special operations, and field deployments from foxholes to fortresses. The Army has a wide range of such applications, and we look forward to working closely with them on these projects.”

About Aruba Networks

Aruba is the global leader in distributed enterprise networks. Its award-winning portfolio of campus, branch/teleworker, and mobile solutions simplify operations and secure access to all corporate applications and services – regardless of the user’s device, location, or network. This dramatically improves productivity and lowers capital and operational costs.

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