Fortress and AirDefense Team on WLAN Security

By Wi-Fi Planet Staff

August 13, 2003

AirDefense will integrate AirFortress signatures into its security platform to monitor traffic on wireless networks.

Fortress Technologies and AirDefense have teamed up to improve wireless security for enterprise and government networks.

The companies said Tuesday that AirDefense, of Alpharetta, Ga., has integrated traffic signatures from Fortress' AirFortress authentication and encryption gateway into its wireless LAN (WLAN) monitoring platform, allowing AirDefense to monitor and enforce WLAN policies. The partnership also includes a joint sales and marketing pact.

The U.S. military is already a customer. The Defense Commisary Agency (DeCA), which runs stores where soldiers and their families shop for groceries, recently deployed the AirFortress and AirDefense systems.

Security remains a worry among enterprises looking to deploy wireless networks. According to a Jupiter Research survey (note: Jupiter Research is owned by the parent company of this Web site), 31 percent of executives cite low network security as the number one barrier to installing a WLAN. Rogue users and access points were major concerns.

The AirDefense WLAN security platform features a Linux-based central server appliance and remote "smart" sensors that monitor WLAN traffic.

Tampa, Fla.-based Fortress' AirFortress product is designed to prevent hackers from intercepting network data, viewing internal network addresses or interrupting availability through denial-of-service attacks. It uses a three-factor authentication approach to provide protection at the network, device and user levels. Fortress also partnered with Enterasys Networks on wireless security back in June.

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