WLAN Security Apps Tighten ITs Net Control
Two vendors are set to introduce WLAN security products that give IT staffs greater power and flexibility in locking down their networks.As Wi-Fi standards get sorted out and customers clamor for better security, two vendors this week are set to introduce WLAN security products that give IT staffs greater power and flexibility in locking down their networks. Offerings from AirDefense Inc. and Funk Software Inc., while differing in approaches, address the main problems plaguing wireless LANs: policy compliance and interoperability. The Wi-Fi world is a morass of rivals, each promoting its own platform while supporting different authentication and transmission standards. 802.11b is the current standard for WLAN, but 802.11gwith its higher data transmission rateis gaining ground. And not far behind is 802.11a, which operates in the 5GHz spectrum.
Most WLAN security tools monitor only 802.11b traffic. But AirDefense 3.5 can monitor all three types of traffic and has upgraded management and policy-compliance capabilities. The policy tool gives managers a side-by-side comparison of the configuration of any access point and the companys mandatory configuration. The tool can be used to issue commands via SNMP to take corrective action during attacks. Customers can change the channel for an access point or shut it down from a central console, said Jay Chaudry, chairman and CEO of AirDefense, in Alpharetta, Ga.