Ruckus Acquires Cloudpath Networks to Simplify Wi-Fi Onboarding and Security
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. has announced that it has acquired Cloudpath Networks, a privately held provider of secure Wi-Fi onboarding software, headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. Cloudpath pioneered secure Wi-Fi onboarding in 2006 and has since become a leader in certificate-based Wi-Fi security with its automated, self-service software.
Ruckus will immediately include Cloudpath software with its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio for education, enterprise, retail and hospitality markets. Cloudpath has a particularly strong business and reputation in the education market, given the need for schools to easily and securely manage an ever-changing array of users and devices. Cloudpath was also first in the industry to support Chromebook devices, helping schools securely integrate that fast-growing platform into their classrooms. Enterprises and retailers likewise use Cloudpath to apply distinct access policies based on user, role and device for employees, guests, contractors and vendors.
Cloudpath's software provides a common entry point to securely onboard all new devices. The one-time enrollment process verifies the user and the device and automatically configures the device with the appropriate wireless network and certificate for the desired policy. Returning users connect automatically to the secure network with the appropriate policies, including virtual LANs and access control lists (ACLs) – all of which are applied dynamically. Cloudpath's proprietary technology makes it easy for IT to manage ongoing Wi-Fi access in large and ever-changing environments.
For IT managers, Cloudpath offers a Set-It-And-Forget-It™ Wi-Fi experience that enables IT security and bring your own device (BYOD) policies to be deployed in a scalable, user-friendly manner. Cloudpath's flagship Enrollment System enables networks to simply and securely adopt certificate-based Wi-Fi, eliminating the IT support costs and user frustration associated with passwords.