Wireless Applications

Intrusion Protection and Location-Based Services for WLANs

May 4, 2006

AirDefense and Symbol integrate security system with wireless next-generation architecture to enable RF switching platform.

LAS VEGAS /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- AirDefense, the innovator that launched the wireless LAN security market, and Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company, announced integrated wireless access and intrusion prevention solutions that together will provide the most secure and robust wireless LAN offering available. Using advanced technology from AirDefense, enhanced wireless intrusion protection systems (IPS) will be integrated with Symbol's new Wireless Next Generation (Wi-NG) architecture to enable security on Symbol's RF switch products. The AirDefense Enterprise Wireless IPS will be integrated with the Symbol Wi-NG architecture and use Symbol access points as sensor devices.

"Symbol's Wi-Fi infrastructure products are deployed in some of the most demanding, business-critical networks in the world," said Amit Sinha, chief technology officer of AirDefense. "As regulatory requirements strengthen for many of these deployments, AirDefense and Symbol are well positioned to ensure organizations are prepared with a secure wireless network that can demonstrate compliance with regulations and adapt to protect the network from emerging threats."

AirDefense constantly assesses the threat posed by wireless devices by using multiple detection engines and wireless correlation. AirDefense products catch even the most sophisticated attacks while eliminating false positive alarms that waste administrators' time. Using anomalous behavior detection, AirDefense technology also identifies day-zero threats that otherwise go unseen by signature detection systems.

"As wireless deployments increase in size and complexity, and change environments, security management becomes a critical concern," said Chris McGugan, senior director of Symbol Technologies' Wireless Infrastructure Division. "By integrating AirDefense's technology with our new Wi-NG architecture, Symbol will be able to provide advanced wireless network intrusion prevention with enhanced location-based services to mobile users."

Symbol's Wi-NG architecture will enable the consolidation of Wi-Fi, RFID, Voice over Wireless LAN, mesh, and WiMAX networks in the industry's first integrated RF switching platform. AirDefense Enterprise Wireless IPS and Symbol's Wi-NG architecture will provide customers with a centrally managed solution, using Symbol access points and sensors for enhanced security and location-based services.

About AirDefense
AirDefense, the market leader in anywhere, anytime wireless security and monitoring, is trusted by more Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations and high-security government agencies for enterprise wireless protection. Ranked among Red Herring's Top 100 Private Companies in North America, AirDefense products provide the most advanced solutions for rogue wireless detection, policy enforcement, and intrusion prevention, both inside and outside an organization's physical locations and wired networks. Common Criteria-certified, AirDefense enterprise-class products scale to support single offices as well as organizations with hundreds of locations around the globe. Founded in 2001, AirDefense is based in Alpharetta, Ga, and serves hundreds of government agencies and blue chip corporations. For more information, please visit the company's Web site or call 770-663-8115.

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