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Industry’s First Fully Supported ‘Always On’ 802.11n WIPS Solution Now Available from AirTight
Unique “Live Event” Architecture Reduces Repetitive and Superfluous Events
Mountain View, Calif. - September 23, 2008 - AirTight® Networks, the leading provider of wireless intrusion prevention systems (WIPS) and wireless vulnerability management, today announced the general availability of its SpectraGuard® 802.11n Solution that consists of -
- 802.11n MIMO Sensor platform
- SpectraGuard Planner 5.0 release that includes support for 802.11n infrastructure & WIPS deployment planning
- 802.11n WLAN Coverage Estimator (free utility) provided on AirTight's website
See 802.11n press release July 22, 2008.
SpectraGuard 5.7 is now the industry's first and only proactive ('always on') wireless intrusion prevention system to provide comprehensive security from all 802.11n threats with backward compatibility with existing a/b/g wireless networks. The new sensors are available for both AirTight's onsite product, SpectraGuard Enterprise and its recently introduced SaaS offering, SpectraGuard Online.
Significant enhancements to AirTight's SpectraGuard platform include:
- "Live event" Architecture to prioritize threat response and provide comprehensive forensic data for incident analysis
- Stand alone sensor operation to enforce policy even if connectivity to the SpectraGuard Enterprise appliance is interrupted
- Executive style compliance and vulnerability assessment reports, available on a scheduled and on-demand basis
A recent study by BT North America and reported on in Network World found that "nearly one-third of enterprises are migrating to the high-throughput draft 802.11n WLAN standard within the next 12 months. The study's authors say that rate of adoption for a not-yet-ratified standard is unprecedented, indicating that 11n benefits are urgently needed by a significant number of enterprise sites."
"The John C. Lincoln Health Center has always been committed to providing the best health care for our patients and utilizing the best technology to enhance the efficiency of our staff and to benefit our patients," said Troy Wood, senior network administrator, John C. Lincoln Health Center. "The emergence of 802.11n introduces new challenges for both wireless security and network performance and we know AirTight will help us meet them with this fully supported 802.11n WIPS sensor platform."
"Currently we have a no WiFi policy and, as such, have no plans to deploy any access points. We have been using AirTight to detect, report and remove rogue wireless access points running in 802.11a/b/g on our wired network," said John Kemon, program manager for information systems security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). "The new 802.11n sensor platform is an important enhancement for the detection and prevention of 802.11n threats as 802.11n access points become more prevalent."
Using AirTight's SpectraGuard 802.11n solution, organizations can:
- achieve comprehensive security through accurate classification, robust prevention, and accurate location tracking of 802.11n threats
- reduce total cost of ownership for WIPS deployment through reduced sensor density
- simplify deployment and maximize ROI with planning and design tools
"AirTight is the only WIPS vendor to receive a second consecutive "Positive" rating by Gartner in its recent MarketScope and as this major technology transition is introduced to the enterprise, AirTight continues to be ahead of its customers' needs to secure their networks," said Sri Sundaralingam, VP of product management for AirTight. "The benefits of 802.11n - faster data rates, improved throughput and coverage range - amplify existing wireless security threats ranging from rogue access points to denial of service (DOS) attacks. Accurate threat detection and classification becomes more critical than ever before to avoid chasing false positives given more devices will be visible in the air because of increased RF range of 802.11n technology."
Pricing and Availability
The enhanced version of SpectraGuard (5.7 release) and AirTight's 802.11n sensor platform are available now. AirTight Networks will provide special pricing promotions for next 90 days for SpectraGuard with 802.11n sensor platform (ending December 31, 2008). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (or call +1-877-424 7844) for further details.