Cloudpath Networks Unlocks WPA2 for All with XpressConnect Enrollment System

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At Interop Las Vegas today, Cloudpath Networks announced the XpressConnect Enrollment System (ES). Named a finalist for Best of Interop in Wireless & Mobility, Cloudpath’s XpressConnect ES handles the on-boarding of a wide array of devices onto certificate-based and credential-based WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi networks in a self-service, automated manner.

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Over the last five years, XpressConnect has bridged the gap between millions of unmanaged, personal devices and WPA2-Enterprise. Now, with XpressConnect ES, we take this a step further by extending WPA2-Enterprise to new use cases never before possible.

XpressConnect ES provides a single point of entry for all non-domain devices, including BYOD and IT-owned devices, entering the wireless network. Its highly flexible workflow engine gives network administrators unmatched control by blending the best of traditional policies, like Active Directory and Microsoft CA integration, with powerful new policy capabilities, including integration with external sources like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google. Built upon WPA2-Enterprise, XpressConnect ES extends standards-based wireless security to personal devices in an automated, self-service manner without IT assistance.

“Over the last five years, XpressConnect has bridged the gap between millions of unmanaged, personal devices and WPA2-Enterprise, a wireless standard designed with highly managed devices in mind. Today, with the XpressConnect ES, we take this a step further by extending WPA2-Enterprise to new use cases never before possible,” states product manager Lynn Haney.

XpressConnect ES is targeted at networks with growing populations of personal devices, including enterprise, K-12, and higher education. In corporate environments, the XpressConnect ES addresses the three primary areas of mobile use:
1.    Employees with personal devices (BYOD)
2.    Visitors and contractors
3.    IT-owned, non-Windows Domain devices

Employees with Personal Devices (BYOD):

XpressConnect ES provides automated, self-service access to the WPA2-Enterprise wireless network for employees authorized to use BYOD devices. Authorization may come from a variety of sources, including authentication via Microsoft Active Directory and acceptance of a use policy. Once authorized, the device may be given access indefinitely or for a period of time along with additional policy options based on WPA2-Enterprise, including dynamic VLAN, ACL, and/or bandwidth assignment.
With support for a wide array of device types and operating systems, XpressConnect ES enables employees to utilize their favorite devices without IT involvement. The user also benefits from the elimination of web logins. The network administrator benefits from knowing that all wireless users are secure and personal devices have been segregated from IT-owned assets.

Visitors in an Enterprise Environment:

XpressConnect ES makes traditional guest servers obsolete by automatically moving guests to encrypted WPA2-Enterprise wireless networks without the need to create a user account and generate yet another set of credentials. It eliminates the need to provision guest accounts by introducing an industry-first, patent-pending integration of WPA2-Enterprise with external identity services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google.

Based upon the customized policy, the user simply authenticates via an external source and is granted the appropriate level of network access.

IT-Owned Non-Windows Devices

Today, the need to provision thousands of IT-owned mobile devices is a consistent challenge. IT-based provisioning scales poorly when dealing with large numbers of mobile devices or geographically dispersed users.

XpressConnect ES provides the ability to transform the provisioning process and provide a user-driven, self-service provisioning process. Based on your policies, these IT assets may be given the appropriate network access without IT ever touching them.

For more information on how XpressConnect Enrollment System can assist with your WPA2-Enterprise Network, visit http://www.cloudpath.net, or contact us at [email protected]

View our XpressConnect ES video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk7NNLVfnx0

Contact Information:
Cloudpath Networks
Tania Renault
9975 Wadsworth Pkwy K2-234
Westminster, CO 80021
303-647-5412
tania(at)cloudpath.net

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