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Track and block rogue network hardware attachments

AirMagnet : 19 September, 2008  (New Product)
WLAN security and monitoring system from AirMagnet enables effective tracking of attached devices on wireless networks preventing rogue attachments
AirMagnet has announced AirMagnet Enterprise 8.1, the industry's only independent WLAN security and monitoring solution. The new product allows users to trace and block rogue devices that are physically connected to an enterprise network faster and more reliably than any other solution in the industry.

Unlike competitive solutions that rely on singular, limited tracing mechanisms, AirMagnet Enterprise 8.1 coordinates complimentary tracing techniques leveraging AirMagnet's intelligent sensors to perform local tracing of the sensor's immediate environment, as well as global, centralized tracing performed by the AirMagnet Server. Information is shared between the intelligent sensors and server to build a global view of the network, automatically learning from previous discoveries and traces.

'AirMagnet has always offered the industry's most powerful rogue management capabilities. With the new functionality we've not only improved the security aspects of the solution, but we also made it more scalable. By utilizing both our intelligent sensors and the centralized server, Enterprise 8.1 is capable of functioning in both a distributed and centralized environment,' said Chia Chee Kuan, CTO at AirMagnet. 'This allows customers to have more flexibility in determining what resources they want to use when monitoring for rogue devices.'

The ability to identify unapproved devices that are physically connected to an organization's WLAN infrastructure is a critical feature for any WIDS/WIPS solution. Traditionally, tracing could have variable success depending on the techniques used. Some techniques require manually defining all switches in the environment, while others may fail due to an inability to trace across subnets. However, with AirMagnet Enterprise 8.1, it is now possible to leverage multiple tracing mechanisms. This includes the ability to trace centrally or distributed, to trace over the wire or wirelessly over the air, and also to trace manually or automatically based on policy. As the only solution to include all of these mechanisms, AirMagnet Enterprise delivers significant industry improvements in terms of tracing reliability and speed.

'Rogues are still a serious threat to enterprise wireless networks. The sooner the rogues can be identified, the less trouble they can cause,' said Stan Schatt, Vice President and Wireless LAN Research Director at ABI Research. 'It makes sense to me to use both sensor and server information to speed up the rogue identification process and AirMagnet's Enterprise 8.1 uses precisely that approach.'

AirMagnet Enterprise 8.1 provides a simple, scalable WLAN monitoring solution that enables any organization to proactively mitigate all types of wireless threats, enforce enterprise policies, prevent performance problems and audit the regulatory compliance of all their WiFi assets and users worldwide. In addition, the product offers a complete approach to rogue management with the ability to detect, disable, and document every rogue. Multiple detection mechanisms immediately expose every rogue. An active blocking suite disables the rogue wirelessly or at the wired port. A dedicated documentation page provides profiles of each rogue, including a summary of applied policies and actions taken.


AirMagnet Enterprise 8.1, a free upgrade for existing customers with an active support agreement, is available now.
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