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Two Additional U.S. Patents Allowed on Unique Intrusion Detection Techniques
Mountain View, CA - May 16, 2011 - AirTightŪ Networks, the leading provider of wireless intrusion prevention (WIPS) products and cloud wireless security and Wi-Fi access services today announced that it has been granted a patent in Japan, number 4639195. This patent is based on AirTight's seminal WIPS patent in the U.S., number 7,002,943, titled "Method and System for Monitoring a Selected Region of an Airspace Associated with Local Area Networks of Computing Devices." Earlier, AirTight received UK patent, number 2410154, and Australian patent, number 200429804, based on this original U.S. patent.
With these patents, AirTight now owns the seminal intellectual property on effective WIPS technology in U.S., Australia, the UK and Japan. AirTight pioneered the concept of WIPS with its innovative auto-classification and accurate detection technology, which automatically, continuously and accurately classifies threats to avoid false alarms. AirTight delivered the first comprehensive WIPS in the industry and received a patent on its WIPS invention in U.S., the 7,002,943 patent, in 2006.
The technology described in this patent holds the key to an effective WIPS that is easy to install and operate, is free from the nuisance of false alarms and is fully automated. AirTight then received patents in UK (#2410154) and Australia (#200429804), and now, in Japan (#4639195), based on this US patent. The 7,002,943 patent was the subject of a legal challenge by its competitor, AirDefense (now Motorola), in the U.S. in an attempt to usurp the 7,002,943 patent from AirTight. AirDefense's claim was categorically defeated in the judgment issued by a panel of judges at the USPTO in November 2007.
Concurrently today, AirTight announced that its two additional U.S. patents have been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), pertaining to enhancements to its unique intrusion detection techniques such as Marker PacketTM techniques for accurate classification of rogues on wire and anomaly detection for accurate detection of MAC address falsification and spoofing in wireless networks. AirTight innovative Marker PacketTM techniques use active injection of specialized signature packets for on-wire/off-wire detection of wireless access points (APs), effectively eliminating the false positive/false negative alerts, latency of detection and lack of scalability that is inherent to conventional switch CAM table correlation based techniques for rogue detection.
AirTight is also the first and only wireless security company to offer both on site and cloud-based wireless compliance and intrusion prevention and secure Wi-Fi products and services.
"The proliferation of embedded WiFi devices and the explosion of wireless activity in and around the enterprise makes maintaining a good security posture and meeting regulatory compliance requirements more challenging than ever," said Dr. Hemant Chaskar, Vice President of technology at AirTight. "Manual methods are expensive, error prone, hard to sustain and not scalable. With AirTight's auto-classification and detection technology, customers can focus on their core business priorities instead of spending time and resources chasing down voluminous alerts generated by competing systems."
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