AirDefense Toughens Its WLAN Defense
RogueWatch 3.0 and Guard 3.0 give administrators more tools to defend against unauthorized use of the network and rogue access points.Wireless LAN security vendor AirDefense Inc. on Monday unveiled two new products designed to give administrators more tools to defend against unauthorized use of the network and rogue access points. Both RogueWatch 3.0 and Guard 3.0 have a slew of new features, many of which are meant to make the system easier to use and manage. The two new products represent a division of the functionality that used to be found in the companys namesake product. Guard 3.0, which retains most of the high-level management and security capabilities, now also includes features such as roaming policies, designated lists of IP addresses and base stations to either watch or ignore, recognition of Cisco Systems Inc.s LEAP authentication protocol, and support for 802.1x. Guard and RogueWatch are part of the larger AirDefense solution, which relies on a system of sensors around the WLAN. The sensors communicate with a central appliance in the data center, where both products run.
AirDefense has given RogueWatch some new capabilities as well. The software can now detect both hardware and so-called "soft" WLAN access points. Soft APs are simply laptops that have been configured to act as APs. RogueWatch performs a continuous, real-time audit of the wireless network, taking inventory of every device on the WLAN.
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