Colubris Networks and Funk Software Develop Integrated Security Solutions for Wireless LAN Service Providers

Alliance delivers industry-leading 802.1x and Wi-Fi Protected Access solutions that fortify WLAN security and simplify management

WALTHAM, MASS., APRIL 28, 2003 – Colubris Networks, a global provider of secure wireless networking solutions, and Funk Software, a leading developer of RADIUS/AAA and wireless LAN (WLAN) security software, today announced an alliance to develop and cooperatively market integrated WLAN security solutions. The alliance delivers to wireless service providers a turnkey security solution that supports the 802.1X and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) standards, plus all popular authentication standards in the industry.

Note, in a separate announcement released today, Funk Software said it is teaming with Colubris Networks and other partners to deliver Wi-Fi Protected Access support to joint customers.

Under the alliance, Funk Software has added vendor specific attributes (VSAs) for Colubris wireless access points to its industry-leading Steel Belted Radius® and Odyssey® 802.1x end-to-end security solutions. The Colubris-specific VSAs provide robust authentication information between Colubris access controllers and Funk Software’s RADIUS servers for complete security.

Additionally, Colubris has added support for Funk Software’s Odyssey Client 802.1x access client to its CN3000, the first and industry-leading integrated access controller and access point. This relationship provides support for virtually all of the major open authentication standards, including the extensible authentication protocol (EAP), protected extensible authentication protocol (PEAP), EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS, while simplifying over-all security management. Products with these integrated security features are available immediately from Funk Software and Colubris.

“As users of Colubris’ WLAN equipment and Funk Software’s security solutions, we have been able to deploy best of breed technology that is highly integrated,” said Abbas Sadriwalla, president of V-Link, a managed wireless services company serving global hospitality, enterprise and carrier customers. “The addition of Colubris VSAs into Funk Software’s Steel-Belted Radius has made it easier for us to quickly deploy hot spots, because we know the network is absolutely secure and drop-dead simple to manage.”

“Colubris is a leader in the wireless LAN service provider market and we are excited to develop complementary products with them,” said Joe Ryan, vice president of Funk Software. “We are leveraging our mutual strengths to bring a seamless integrated WLAN security solution to our customers.”

“Colubris’ commitment to seeking Wi-Fi Protected Access certification for its products is an indicator that it is one of the industry leaders. Companies that are committed to interoperable security solutions, are also committed to serving the broad and evolving needs of its customers,” stated Dennis Eaton, Chairman, Wi-Fi Alliance. “This alliance enables Colubris and Funk Software to deliver the robust wireless security that our mutual customers want,” said Barry Fougere, president and CEO of Colubris Networks. “Funk Software is clearly at the head of the pack in authentication, and having this sort of tight integration between their RADIUS/AAA solutions and our access solutions will be a significant step forward for our customers.”

Colubris Networks (booth #7144) and Funk Software (booth #4061) will exhibit at Networld+Interop 2003 from April 29 – May 1 in Las Vegas, Nev., where they will be available to discuss the partnership and demonstrate their products.

About Funk Software
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Funk Software is the leading commercial developer of RADIUS/AAA and wireless LAN security solutions. Its market-leading Steel-Belted Radius family of commercial AAA solutions for wireless operator, service provider, and enterprise networks is in use on thousands of public and private networks worldwide, delivering a highly scalable AAA solution that meets the needs of the largest customers. The company also offers an end-to-end 802.1X WLAN security solution, Odyssey, that can be easily and widely deployed on enterprise networks. The Steel-Belted Radius family of RADIUS/AAA solutions includes Steel-Belted Radius/Service Provider Edition, Steel-Belted Radius Concurrency Server, Steel-Belted Radius Port Allocation System, Steel-Belted Radius Mobile IP Module, and Steel-Belted Radius/Enterprise Edition. For more information, visit

About Colubris Networks
Colubris Networks is a global leader in providing highly secure, manageable and cost-effective Wireless LAN solutions for enterprise networks and carrier deployments. Its award-winning Wi-Fi certified product family of purpose-built enterprise and public access offerings seamlessly integrates into existing customer networks, providing maximum cost-effectiveness and management simplicity. Colubris embeds strong tools such as Virtual Private Networking, enhanced security and firewall technologies into its open, industry-standard solutions. For more information visit the company Web site at or contact us at

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