SOURCE: AirTight Networks, Inc.

AirTight Networks, Inc.

September 28, 2010 08:00 ET

AirTight Receives 16th U.S. Patent: Technology to Enforce Wi-Fi Security Policy on Wired Segments of Enterprise Networks

Monitoring Wireless and Wired Sides of Network Concurrently Is Critical for Comprehensive Defense Against Wi-Fi Threats and Vulnerabilities

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) - AirTight® Networks, the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions, today announced it has been granted U.S. patent number 7,804,808 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its proprietary technology which enforces Wi-Fi security policy on the wired network segments of enterprise networks. The technology, trademarked by AirTight as VLAN Policy Mapping™, enables network and security administrators to define and enforce how they want their authorized Wi-Fi traffic to map on the wired network segments.

Such policy enforcement prevents Wi-Fi security vulnerabilities caused by mis-typing, improper configuration and zero day exploits in the Wi-Fi access points and controllers. AirTight now holds 16 U.S. and two international patents for Wireless Intrusion Prevention (WIPS) and has more than 20 patents pending.

"Monitoring wireless and wired sides of the network concurrently is critical for a comprehensive defense against Wi-Fi threats and vulnerabilities, and this principle needs to be applied to authorized Wi-Fi traffic as well," said Dr. Hemant Chaskar, Director of Technology at AirTight. "The two-sided policy enforcement for authorized Wi-Fi traffic provides stronger protection against malicious exploits and inadvertent mis-configurations."

The power of VLAN Policy Mapping was evident when the Cisco Skyjacking zero day exploit was discovered. This exploit could change how authorized AP traffic mapped onto wired segments and could turn an authorized Cisco AP into a rogue AP.

"VLAN Policy Mapping already protected our customers' networks from this previously unknown attack, as it could quickly detect wire side mis-configuration and quarantine the Cisco AP under attack," added Chaskar.

About AirTight's Patent Portfolio
AirTight's patent portfolio covers the entire range from broad wireless intrusion prevention architectures to specific algorithms and techniques. Complete information about AirTight's patent portfolio can be found on its Website. You may follow AirTight on its Blog and in other online communities including YouTube and Twitter.

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 16 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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