By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2006-07-10 Print this article Print

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Version 5.0 of SpectraGuard Enterprise supports global management for very large organizations, maintaining multiple SpectraGuard Enterprise Servers via a new appliance called the SpectraGuard MNC (Managed Network Console). At this time, the $19,995 MNC—which can handle as many as 25 SpectraGuard Servers—is only a data aggregator and reporter and is not usable for policy creation and distribution.

Within the MNC, administrators arrange individual SpectraGuard Servers into organizational leaves and nodes, and they can then view alerts, events or dashboards for any level within the tree hierarchy they created. Admins also can run any of the bundled reports for any node in the tree.

However, at this time, the MNC cannot be used to set global or organizational policies, as AirTight officials are looking for feedback from early MNC adopters on how to best implement such a feature. Policies must be defined directly on each SpectraGuard Server, and the MNC offers a button to log in to each server it manages.

Analysts speak out on the wireless security hype. Click here to read more. AirTight supports SSO (single sign-on) when accessing an individual SpectraGuard Server via the MNC. However, there is no centralized user account authority for SpectraGuard Enterprise 5.0 and the MNC, so administrators will need to do some manual account mapping between the nodes beforehand.

Both the SpectraGuard Server and MNC also now support four levels of administrator accounts, ranging from superuser to view-only. Also new is the ability to audit and track administrator usage of the system, monitoring when administrators log on and off the SpectraGuard Enterprise 5.0 system, as well as what changes they implemented.

In addition, SpectraGuard Enterprise now supports detection and alerting for pre-802.11n networks, although we found the feature too narrowly focused to be useful at this time.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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