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Next Generation Wireless Networks Need AirTight Security
[May 22, 2006]

Next Generation Wireless Networks Need AirTight Security

Associate Editor
With wireless proliferation as it stands today — just about every household and business makes use of some sort of wireless technology — security is becoming an increasingly important issue.  Each day, hackers work hard to find new and more clever ways to penetrate networks, which means that each day, security solutions providers must work twice as hard to ensure network security stays one step ahead of the hackers, especially with the rapid advances in technology that enable new and more powerful wireless services.  Each new service and each new technology represents a new opportunity for hackers.

Likewise, the also represent new opportunities for wireless security solutions developers like AirTight Networks, which has announced its SpectraGuard Enterprise solution is capable of detecting and correctly identifying pre-standard 802.11n access points (APs) that create a potential wireless security risk.

This is crucial to protecting wireless data because an attack launched using a non-standard (pre-standard) transmission mode may go undetected by some wireless IDS/IPS systems.  APs supporting these transmissions, then, present a very real security risk.
SpectraGuard Enterprise will detect and identify pre-standard 802.11n APs built on chipsets from a variety of manufacturers, such as Airgo, Atheros, and Broadcom (News - Alert).  Once identified, SpectraGuard Enterprise will alert the administrator to their presence, locate these devices, and prevent authorized enterprise users from communicating with them.
SpectraGuard Enterprise is designed to not only catch all threats, but also minimize false alarms.  It is also capable of preventing multiple simultaneous threats while continuing to scan for the presence of even more and pinpointing the location(s) those threats so they can be removed.
These patented capabilities, along with the wireless management capabilities now embedded in all of AirTight's products, are critical to ensuring the cost-effective, secure, reliable performance of any enterprise network infrastructure.  Importantly, AirTight is the first company to have announced the capability to account for upcoming standards in scanning for threats.
“AirTight is the only vendor to have the capability to correctly identify, prevent, and locate pre-standard 802.11n APs — ensuring the safety, security, and integrity of an enterprise's network and their data,” said Dennis Tsu, vice president of marketing at AirTight Networks.
AirTight Networks' family of products include SpectraGuard Enterprise, SpectraGuard Sentry (WiFi (News - Alert) IPS for small businesses), SpectraGuard Planner (WLAN planning for coverage, performance, and security), and SpectraGuard SAFE (Security Agent for Endpoints, which provides wireless security for mobile users).
Erik Linask is Associate Editor of INTERNET TELEPHONY. Most recently, he was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication. To see more of his articles, please visit Erik Linask’s columnist page.

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