SOURCE: OpenSEA Alliance

December 13, 2007 08:00 ET

OpenSEA Alliance and 802.1X Gain Industry Momentum as Aruba Networks and Hewlett-Packard/ProCurve Join Board

OpenSEA Board Nears Capacity on Promoter Memberships

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - The OpenSEA Alliance, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving access to open, interoperable security solutions, today announced that Aruba Networks and Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve Networking have joined the OpenSEA Board as Promoter Members -- the highest level of corporate membership. The additions bring the number of Promoter Members within three seats of the maximum allowed in the bylaws. Promoter Members are guaranteed voting spots on the OpenSEA board of directors while contributor members must stand for election to a limited number of remaining board seats.

"Since 802.1X client software is a key component for the network access control solutions provided by ProCurve Networking and other network infrastructure and security vendors, we felt compelled to support OpenSEA's initiative to accelerate interoperability and deployment of 802.1X," said Kevin Porter, Global Security Solutions Manager at Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve Networking business. 802.1X, an IEEE standard now available on virtually all current LAN infrastructures, enforces access control at the edge of a network. Xsupplicant, the open source 802.1X client sponsored by OpenSEA, is a cross-platform client that aims to promote interoperability and greater 802.1X adoption.

"Aruba is a strong supporter of interoperability initiatives and joined OpenSEA because its efforts benefit the industry as a whole, integrators and end users included, by providing a consistent user experience across operating systems," said Joshua Wright, Aruba's senior security researcher and OpenSEA liaison.

"From its inception the OpenSEA Alliance was intended to standardize 802.1X, create an enterprise-class open client, and bolster identity-based networking and security," said Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group and the founding father of the OpenSEA Alliance. "The addition of market leaders such as Aruba Networks and Hewlett-Packard will only strengthen this effort and help OpenSEA fulfill its vision of making its offering the 'Firefox' of 802.1X clients. Now that OpenSEA has reached critical mass, I strongly encourage other mobile device, networking, operating system, and security vendors to join in this effort as soon as possible."

Xsupplicant is licensed under BSD and GPL licenses, while the UI is released under GPL. The latest version runs under Windows XP SP2. Support for additional operating systems is planned. Founding members of the OpenSEA Alliance include Extreme Networks, Identity Engines, Infoblox, JANET(UK), Symantec Corporation, TippingPoint, and Trapeze Networks. Further information about the OpenSEA Alliance can be found at the organization's web site

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