SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

December 13, 2007 08:00 ET

Aruba Networks Joins OpenSEA Alliance at Promoter Level

OpenSEA 802.1X Supplicant Development an Area of Mutual Interest

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in user-centric networks and secure mobility solutions, today announced that it has joined the OpenSEA (Secure Edge Access) Alliance at the Promoter level, and intends to participate in the Alliance's work on an open 802.1X supplicant. 802.1X is an IEEE standard for network access control that authenticates devices seeking connection to a network by using a secure handshake between a supplicant on the device seeking authentication and a server that contains a list of authorized devices. The non-profit OpenSEA Alliance is dedicated to open source solutions for networking and security, and a cross-platform open source 802.1X supplicant is the organization's first project.

The Alliance seeks to accelerate technology adoption and enhance network security through the use of open source and standards-based solutions. The open source 802.1X supplicant project uses a modular architecture to enable new enhancements, including new authentication types, extensions to support Windows XP, a robust user interface, and an API for extensibility.

Aruba has long been interested in open research on security and vulnerabilities, and has been an active member of the open Wireless Vulnerabilities & Exploits (WVE) program. "We are similarly interested in OpenSEA's open-source 802.1X supplicant because it affords us the opportunity to collaborate on advancements in supplicant design and applications, something we are unable to do with commercial products from established vendors," said Joshua Wright, Aruba's senior security researcher and OpenSEA liaison. "We look forward to our association with OpenSEA and plan to be active contributors to the organization."

Further information about the OpenSEA Alliance can be found on the organization's web site at

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba securely delivers the enterprise network to users, wherever they work or roam, with user-centric networks that significantly expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. User-centric networks integrate adaptive wireless LANs, identity-based security, and application continuity services into a cohesive, high-performance system that can be easily deployed as an overlay on top of existing network infrastructure. Adaptive wireless LANs deliver high-performance, follow-me connectivity so users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Identity-based security associates access policies with users, not ports, to enable follow-me security that is enforced regardless of access method or location. Application continuity services enable follow-me applications that can be seamlessly accessed across wireless LANs and cellular networks. The cost, convenience, and security benefits of user-centric networks are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit

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