AirMagnet Attracts Fortress
August 30, 2005
The security company will resell a version of AirMagnet Enterprise for wireless intrusion prevention.
"AirMagnet has a full range of products for IDS [intrusion detection system], IPS [intrusion prevention] and performance management," says Rich Mironov, vice president of marketing at the Sunnyvale, California-based company. "We don't provide the full set of solutions Fortress has, like end-to-end encryption and protection of data -- so the two companies are getting together."
This initial deal to "incorporate" AirMagnet Enterprise into the Fortress line will not entail any technological changes for either company -- it is a straightforward original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement, with Fortress re-branding AirMagnet's sensors and software.
"Our initial goal was to bring this to market quickly for customers who requested it," says Janet Kumpu, president and COO of Fortress. "We have plans to add incremental value on the management side and sensor side. We'll be integrating that in future releases."
Kumpu says there is a possibility that in the future Fortress may also sell other AirMagnet products, such as the the AirMagnet Laptop Analyzer and Handheld Analyzer programs, or the AirMagnet Surveyor software for planning wireless LANs.
Fortress offers a number of security controllers, along with its Management and Policy Server (MaPS) for control and administration of security on a WLAN. They use multi-factor authentication to make sure the device and the user on it are who they say they are, and that they're meeting security policy. Fortress has certification for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 security, a cryptographic standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mironov says AirMagnet Enterprise is on the "pre-validated" list: "You'll see it fully validated soon," he says.
The two companies are only demonstrating AirMagnet under Fortress branding today. The product should be released at the beginning of October.