In addition to the normal LTE authentication mechanisms, MulteFire base stations (hot spots) can grant access to users via an optional OSU system. This allows secure access to the MulteFire hotpot by providing a user-name and password. MFA uses the same system as the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Hotspot system. Systems that offer an OSU must have a MulteFire OSU Server Certificate, signed by a MulteFire Trust Root Certificate. This ensures that MulteFire base stations are preventing fraudulent hotspots from being deployed by malicious actors. To do this, the MFA has deployed a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system that uses digital certificates to ensure that the owners of hotspots are who they say they are.
Any company can request a MulteFire OSU Server Certificate. The process is as follows:
- Designate an Authorized Security Representative (ASR) for your company.
- Agree to meet certain security standards and follow certain processes for your OSU service.
- Configure the MulteFire OSU Server Service certificate according to the Wi-Fi Alliance and MFA specifications.
- Request the certificate to be signed by the MulteFire Certificate Authority.
The MulteFire Certificate Authority will review the request, confirm everything is in order, and sign your certificate
For more information, fill out the form here.