Distributed wireless security monitoring systems

    Date09 Feb 2006
    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    It's been more than 6 months since our last comparative review of wireless IDS products (see "Time To Tighten the Wireless Net," ID# 1612f2). In the past few weeks, two of the participating vendors in that review--one an established player and one a relative newcomer to the market--have introduced significant upgrades to their products. AirDefense has pushed forward with its forensic analysis, which adds a great deal of insight into the history of your wireless space, while AirTight Networks has filled out its feature set and enhanced its autoclassification capability. With security concerns escalating, there's no time like the present to take another look at how the wireless IDS market is evolving.

    The AirDefense Enterprise wireless IDS system provides overlay security for existing Wi-Fi networks and enforces "no-Wi-Fi-allowed" policies in those organizations that have them. Version 7.0 introduces some new features such as built-in location tracking, while enhancing existing capabilities like forensic analysis. AirDefense also has revamped some underpinnings of the software's database to improve performance.

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