Ruckus announces Secure Hotspot

Wi-Fi tech said to make unprotected hotspots more secure

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Ruckus announces Secure Hotspot Baghdadi: While hotspot traffic is growing, so are identity theft, fraud and other criminal activities.
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 13, 2013

Wi-Fi specialist Ruckus Wireless Inc announced this week that it has unveiled a technology called Secure Hotspot that the company claims is a "first-of-its kind Smart Wi-Fi that automatically helps protect open Wi-Fi communications for users without cumbersome and manual configuration of their devices".

Based on the company's patented Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (Dynamic PSK) and using its proprietary Zero IT Activation technologies, Secure Hotspot allows an operator or enterprise to offer secured encrypted access to public network Wi-Fi services by automatically configuring each device with Wi-Fi network information along with a unique pre-shared key, all without user involvement, according to Ruckus.

According to a recent industry report from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Informa Telecoms & Media, the number of public hotspots worldwide is expected to almost triple from 2.1m in 2012 to nearly 6m in 2015.

is confident that with the expansion and reach for Wi-Fi adoption across the Middle East, "Ruckus' Secure Hotspot solution is a great add-on security defence layer to customers offering Wi-Fi services to their clients in areas such as retail, hospitality and other public customer service businesses," said Nader Baghdadi, regional sales director, Middle East, Ruckus.

"But while hotspot traffic is growing, so are identity theft, fraud and other criminal activities that can be made possible through access to unencrypted confidential information. Users are becoming more aware and more fearful that their communications at open hotspots could be compromised."

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