SOURCE: AirTight Networks, Inc.

AirTight Networks, Inc.

August 04, 2009 08:00 ET

AirTight Rated "Positive" in Leading Industry Analyst Firm's MarketScope on Wireless LAN Intrusion Prevention Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - AirTight Networks, the global leader for wireless intrusion prevention products and services today announced that Gartner, Inc., the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry has rated AirTight "Positive" in Gartner's 2009 MarketScope for Wireless LAN Intrusion Prevention Systems report. The July 2009 report was authored by John Girard, VP, Distinguished Analyst and John Pescatore, VP, Distinguished Analyst at Gartner.

Vendors were evaluated on five criteria -- customer experience, offering (product) strategy, overall viability (business unit, financial strategy, organization), marketing execution, product/service. AirTight was rated "Positive."

According to the MarketScope report, "As new wireless technologies emerge, the overlay systems will provide the most flexible approach for rapidly incorporating monitoring and intrusion prevention." The report goes on to say, "Also, as the use of WLANs becomes increasingly mainstream, vulnerability-seeking attacks will increase and intrusion prevention capabilities will be used more. So, although the WIPS market has reached the early mainstream phase, it continues to be a dynamic market where new features are needed with each product release."

"Our patented technology has proven over and over again that security and simplicity are not mutually exclusive. At AirTight we take pride in delivering new products and features to our customers ahead of emerging threats. AirTight was the first and only WIPS vendor to introduce wireless scanning and compliance as SaaS and first to market with a backward compatible 802.11n sensor platform," said David King, Chairman and CEO of AirTight. "Because of this, organizations of any size can take full advantage of wireless technologies for driving business value without compromising performance or security."

AirTight is committed to providing customers with solutions which fit their budgets and allow them to address emerging threats and new government compliance or industry regulations such as the recently released PCI DSS Wireless Guideline. This Guideline specifically requires all networks which process, transmit or store card holder data to scan all locations at least once per quarter for wireless threats. For this reason, AirTight offers four levels of on-demand PCI wireless scanning solutions to help customers meet and exceed the PCI DSS wireless requirements.

"Gartner's thorough analysis of technology markets and unrivalled reputation makes their MarketScope reports important benchmarks for any vendor. We believe this "Positive" rating from Gartner solidifies AirTight's continuing leadership and innovation in the market and our commitment to developing products and services that keep our customers' networks and data secure," continued King.

About AirTight's Products

The AirTight SpectraGuard solution family has achieved industry leadership based on patented technology that blocks wireless threats immediately and automatically, locates wireless devices and events with pinpoint precision and eliminates the false alarms that plague busy network operations and IT professionals.

Both its onsite WIPS product, SpectraGuard® Enterprise and its on-demand hosted vulnerability management service, SpectraGuard Online are low touch solutions providing easy deployment and automated scanning and reporting with little human intervention.

Magazine reviews have awarded five stars to SpectraGuard Enterprise and praised it as "a wireless security solution that's easy to deploy, elegantly simple and frighteningly effective," and a "a unique wireless security solution that can automatically classify and control access points (APs) and wireless clients." SpectraGuard® Enterprise was also named a finalist n the SC Magazine 2008 and 2009 Reader Trust Award "Best Wireless Security Solution" category of the competition.

SpectraGuard Enterprise and SpectraGuard SAFE, AirTight's endpoint protection product, have achieved Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2 certification from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS). ( SpectraGuard SAFE is the first end point wireless security product to achieve this certification.

AirTight's products, which have consistently outperformed its competitors in head-to-head, in-depth evaluations (including Tolly and Information Security,) are protected by solid portfolio of intellectual property.

AirTight's Patent Portfolio

AirTight invented and delivered the first comprehensive WIPS in the industry and pioneered autoclassification which eliminates the need for manual methods of base-lining wireless security which are expensive, error prone, hard to sustain and not scalable. AirTight received a patent on its WIPS invention in the United States, the 7,002,943 patent. Last year, the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) ruled in favor of AirTight Networks and its U.S. Patent No. 7,002,943 in an interference action provoked by competitor, AirDefense.

AirTight now has a total of 11 U.S. patents, and two international patents (UK and Australia) granted patents. It has more than 20 U.S. and international patents pending, many of which are undergoing active examination at patent offices of various countries and are expected to be granted this year.

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About AirTight

AirTight Networks is the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions providing customers best-of-breed technology to automatically detect, classify, locate and block all current and emerging wireless threats. AirTight offers both the industry's leading wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) and the world's first wireless vulnerability management (WVM) security-as-a-service (SaaS). AirTight's award-winning solutions are used by customers globally in the financial, government, retail, manufacturing, transportation, education, health care, telecom, and technology industries. AirTight owns the seminal patents for wireless intrusion prevention technology with 11 U.S. patents and two international patents granted (UK and Australia), and more than 20 additional patents pending. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA. For more information please visit

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