The year 2007 will see a number of mobile WiMAX deployments. Contrary to many users' expectations, WiMAX does have a number of security vulnerabilities. The need to plug those gaps in its defenses creates attractive revenue opportunities for security solutions vendors, ABI Research reports.
While WiMAX is considered more secure than early Wi-Fi, there is concern, reports ABI Research. Gaps in WiMAX security fall into three categories: user terminals, intrusion detection and connectivity service networks. User terminals will need encryption acceleration to handle AES processing demands. At the edge of WiMAX networks, access service networks offer the ideal place for vendors to add intrusion detection and protection software and hardware. Connectivity service networks, as part of carrier back offices, will require stateful firewall software or robust firewall appliances, as well as additional RADIUS servers to handle the extra load imposed by roaming clients on WiMAX authentication.
With the exception of a few large corporations such as Motorola, Nortel and Alcatel, few WiMAX vendors have the internal expertise to fill all of these gaps. This leaves the field open for a number of smaller specialized developers to create and supply solutions. It is expected that most WiMAX security solutions will be offered through partnerships with WiMAX equipment vendors, finds ABI Research.
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