SOURCE: AirTight Networks

August 02, 2005 09:00 ET

AirTight Networks SpectraGuard Sentry Puts Powerful Wi-Fi Network Intrusion Prevention Into the Hands of Small- and Medium-Sized Business Users

New Product Provides AirTight's Unmatched Intrusion Protection Technology in Affordable Wi-Fi IPS for SMB Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 2, 2005 -- AirTight Networks, the leading provider of Wi-Fi IPS (WIPS) Firewalls, today announced that it is shipping its newest Wi-Fi IPS product, SpectraGuard Sentry. For the first time, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) can access the same level of protection against Wi-Fi threats offered to enterprise users, but at an entry-level price point.

"My company is in a dense business park with a large number of wireless networks all around us. We have a number of employees with wireless capability in their laptops, but do not have our own wireless LAN for security reasons. Last year all of our systems were corrupted by a virus even though we had virus protection and a firewall. We never figured out how the virus got into our network, but suspect an unauthorized wireless connection to a neighboring network," said Floreal Taboada, President of Associated Sales International, a leading supplier of aircraft parts to airlines and overhaul shops throughout the world. "The AirTight Sentry product is a low cost way to make sure none of my employees are connecting to outside wireless networks and exposing our network to unauthorized external personnel."

SpectraGuard Sentry leverages the same intrusion prevention technology engine found in AirTight's SpectraGuard Enterprise. SpectraGuard Sentry is a standalone sensor that provides continuous monitoring of the airwaves in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. All Wi-Fi devices within range of Sentry are automatically classified based on policies created by the administrator. SpectraGuard Sentry offers comprehensive and automatic protection and prevention against the most hazardous Wi-Fi threats including rogue access points, client mis-associations and ad hoc connections. This automatic prevention is extremely accurate due to Sentry's patent-pending auto-classification, eliminating time consuming false alarms.

"SMB users have a unique set of problems in that their Wi-Fi networks are subject to all the same types of attacks as a large enterprise, but these companies can't afford the expense associated with most enterprise-class solutions," said David King, Chairman and CEO at AirTight Networks. "SpectraGuard Sentry addresses both the cost sensitivity and the need for simplicity that is inherent to small business, while offering complete enterprise-grade intrusion prevention that protects against all major threats."

A recent survey from Computer Associates reinforces the need for effective solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. "Securing and data protection processes are often managed manually -- and therefore frequently neglected," says Computer Associates based on responses from 440 companies in the United States and Europe. Sentry automates security for SMBs by providing 24 x 7 monitoring of the authorized wireless LAN network and corporate air space. The solution will immediately alert administrators to any mis-configured access points, as well as prevent any unauthorized client connections or access points to protect corporate network integrity. Sentry also detects dangerous Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

The solution is easy to configure, providing a simple Web interface that leads users through a set up procedure that gets them up and running in fifteen minutes or less. Users can configure alert notifications to meet their specific needs, including automatic notification via email. Sentry also helps companies ensure policy compliance with a broad range of standards including the Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB), Sarbanes-Oxley, and DoD Directive 8100.2.

SpectraGuard Sentry is compatible with all Wi-Fi infrastructure, firewalls and VPNs, and works with access points from any vendor. A single SpectraGuard Sentry will cover most small offices. SpectraGuard Sentry is available now and priced at $595.

About AirTight Networks

Founded in 2002, AirTight Networks maintains network and mobile client integrity from Wi-Fi security vulnerabilities. AirTight Networks Wi-Fi IPS Firewalls provide enterprises and service providers with around-the-clock wireless monitoring and automatic intrusion prevention as well as manage wireless LAN network performance for maximum capacity and uptime. The SpectraGuard family of products is the industry's first Wi-Fi firewall that identifies and stops security risks and attacks, provides real-time network audits, assists in performance troubleshooting and monitors the overall health of the wireless LAN. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.airtightnetworks.net.

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