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Ajaxo Extends Nokia's WAP Server to Achieve End-to-End Secured Transactions
Posted: 31-Mar-2000 [Source: Business Wire]

[Ajaxo demonstrates secure WAP transactions and describes their technique.]

Santa Clara, Calif. -- "Ajaxo, a leading wireless application service provider, continues to demonstrate its lead in the delivery of secure wireless transaction based applications by announcing today that it has successfully extended Nokia's secure WAP server to provide end-to-end security over the Internet. Mobile devices such as the new generation of WAP enabled phones allow users to interact with Internet services using WAP protocol. Nokia provides a secure server that uses WTLS layer to ensure safe transmission of WAP packets from mobile phones to WAP servers over GSM network.

"Nokia's secured WAP solution encourages enterprises to host and own the secured WAP server. GSM providers become pure carriers delivering wireless data packets from mobile devices to the WAP server. The implementation of WTLS protocol between the mobile device and the destination WAP server ensures data security between the mobile device and the WAP server. Ajaxo's Smart Agent further extends data security to bring the data packets to the destination host.

"Enterprise wireless solutions are mostly served by means of HTTP servers over the Internet. Nokia WAP Server 1.0 does not support HTTPS to the origin server," said Sing Koo, President of Ajaxo Inc. "Other solutions, such as the secured WAP gateway provided by Phone.com, provide the conversion of WTLS to TLS at the carrier's location before sending the message to the enterprise servers via Internet. The security risk for this encryption conversion is small, yet exists, since the enterprise has no control over the carrier's security measures. Ajaxo's Smart Agent adopted a 'cascaded coupling configuration' which converts the request using SSL(Secured Socket Layer) protocol before sending it to a secured enterprise host, thus eliminating the security risk. This feature comes just in time to pave the way for many enterprises in Asia contemplating on going wireless with their secured transactions over the GSM network using Nokia WAP servers."

"The Nokia WAP Server and Ajaxo's Smart Agent will typically be installed behind the corporation's firewall and thus achieving an additional degree of security.

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