iPass and Meetinghouse Work to Improve Wireless LAN Security for the Mobile Workforce

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Partnership to help establish end-to-end 802.1x security between Wi-Fi public hotspots and the enterprise.

In an effort to drive industry interoperability of security standards, iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) and Meetinghouse, today announced a partnership agreement to simplify and further advance 802.1x-based network access solutions for mobile enterprise networking. The companies will extend product integration efforts that are focused on allowing easy deployment of standards-compliant, multi-vendor security solutions for the enterprise. The companies have worked together on end-to-end, Layer 2 (L2), server based security solutions to enable enforcement of corporate security policies that are available from iPass now.

Today’s 802.1x solutions for cross-operator Wi-Fi roaming only work to protect the user’s login and session information from the mobile computer to the hotspot operator. iPass and Meetinghouse will endeavor to enable end-to-end protection of these corporate assets across the internet and all the way to the enterprise AAA infrastructure.

iPass and Meetinghouse joint efforts and focus include:

•The integration of Meetinghouse’s AEGIS™ Client security technology with the iPass iPassConnect™ universal client solution to enable secure, standards-based access to the enterprise by the mobile professional when 802.1x- or WPA-capable networks are used.

•Development of an end-to-end, server-based, network authentication solution that enables TTLS, a tunneled Extended Authentication Protocol (EAP) method, to be used to secure mobile networks without the need for expensive overhauls of enterprise back-end user access servers.

•The development of an industry demonstration that shows the iPass solution for end-to-end, server based network authentication solutions using the PEAP method of EAP.

•Coordinated efforts within the Trusted Computer Group (TCG), Trusted Network Connect (TNC) sub-group with the goal of ensuring endpoint security with system interoperability and integrity.

“iPass has partnered with Meetinghouse on many ongoing initiatives to show the benefits of 802.1x-based, end-to-end public access network security solutions,” said Roy Albert, CTO at iPass. “Our innovative work includes the use of a tunneling authentication method for public access networks that works to provide greatly increased security to Wi-Fi hotspots that connect to enterprise networks. Together, we continue to pioneer 802.1x-capable solutions for global Wi-Fi hotspot access.”

“The shared goal of iPass and Meetinghouse to enable ubiquitous Wi-Fi access for mobile enterprise professionals makes this a particularly exciting collaboration,” said Paul Goransson, President of Meetinghouse. “We look forward to continued work with iPass on Layer 2, end-point security solutions and all the future phases of wireless LAN network security and management for the enterprise.”

iPass and Meetinghouse have been working together on 802.1x-based network access solutions since iPass introduced 802.1x support for its iPassConnectTM universal client in 2003. Together both companies achieved important milestones for secure Wi-Fi roaming, including their collaboration in the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Singapore test-beds where both companies demonstrated a Wi-Fi security migration path at CommunicAsia 2004.

About iPass

iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers simple, secure and manageable enterprise mobility services, maximizing the productivity of workers as they move between office, home and remote locations. iPass security services—based on unique Policy Orchestration capabilities—close the gaps in protecting computers, network assets, user identities and data whenever users connect over the Internet. iPass connectivity services utilize the iPass global virtual network, a unified network of hundreds of dial-up wireless, and broadband providers in over 150 countries. iPass services are the choice of hundreds of Global 2000 corporations including Ford Motor Company, Mellon Financial and H. J. Heinz Co. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc.

About Meetinghouse

Meetinghouse is a recognized leader in standards-based Layer 2 wired and wireless LAN security. AEGIS™ Client and AEGIS™ Server provide 802.1x and WPA security to the enterprise across Windows, CE, Mac, Unix, Linux, and Palm operating systems. The AEGIS™ solution provides an unsurpassed choice of EAP methods to provide the maximum in implementation flexibility.

AEGIS™ Client provides laptop and handheld users with easy roaming across the wireless LAN on a wide range of operating systems. AEGIS™ Server offers the enterprise a cost-effective, easy-to-configure AAA/RADIUS solution for 802.1x/WPA networks.

AEGIS™ API and Toolkits enable world-leading developers to gain fast and easy support for 802.1x, WPA, EAP, and the Cisco Compatible Extension (CCX) Program. For additional information, visit the company website at http://www.mtghouse.com or phone 1.603.430.7710.

AEGIS® is a registered trademark of Meetinghouse.

Press Contacts

For iPass:

Karin Gilles

The Hoffman Agency

kgilles@hoffman.com

408-975-3038

For Meetinghouse:

John Hill

The Hill Group

jhill@HillGroupPR.com

603-673-6633

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