SOURCE: AirTight Networks

February 06, 2007 08:00 ET

AirTight® Joins PCI Security Vendor Alliance

Provides Solution to Stopping Wireless Leaks of Credit Card Information

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 6, 2007 -- AirTight Networks™, the leading provider of wireless intrusion prevention solutions, today announced that it has joined the PCI Security Vendor Alliance, and is the first member to focus on the security issues related to wireless.

The PCI Security Vendors Alliance (PCI SVA) is a coalition of vendors all of whom have focused solutions and expertise in securing payment card transactions. PCI SVA (www.pcialliance.org) will assist members of the payment card industry and the PCI Security Standards Council -- composed of merchants, banks, and point-of-sale vendors -- in educating the business community on the requirements and business value of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, a global benchmark intended to improve security throughout the entire payment card transaction process.

The PCI DSS is applicable to any enterprise that processes payment cards -- not just retailers, but also the hospitality industry (hotels/motels/restaurants, casinos), the health care industry (pharmacies, clinics), the entertainment industry (theaters, subscriptions), and others. Wireless technologies are widely used in many of these industries, and unfortunately there have already been some large & well documented thefts of credit card holders' account information over wireless links.

AirTight Networks has a wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) that enforces the specific PCI DSS requirement for wireless security (PCI DSS 2.1.1) on a 24 x 7 basis -- stopping wireless thefts or leaks of payment card holder information, and provides a compliance report for the enterprise.

"Organized crime has figured out 'where the money is,'" said Dennis Tsu, vice president of marketing at AirTight Networks. "They were paying the hackers who broke into Lowe's over a wireless link and there's no reason to think that they've stopped trying. Any enterprise that is using wireless and processing payment cards must protect itself and its customers' information from these wireless risks."

The key elements of an effective wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) are:

--  detecting and correctly classifying wireless threats - to catch all
    threats, while minimizing false alarms
    
--  preventing (multiple, simultaneous) wireless threats - while
    continuing to scan for new ones
    
--  accurately locating wireless threats on a floor map - so they can be
    removed
    
--  providing a comprehensive reporting capability for compliance and
    audit purposes
    
AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard family of wireless security solutions has established its industry leadership position by delivering these key elements of an effective WIPS. SpectraGuard Enterprise was recognized by Gartner, the Tower Group, Information Security Magazine, the Tolly Group, and others as leading the WIPS industry in 2006.

About AirTight Networks

Founded in 2002, AirTight Networks is the leader in wireless intrusion prevention solutions (WIPS). AirTight's award-winning SpectraGuard family of WIPS products and services delivers around-the-clock wireless policy enforcement and automatic intrusion prevention against wireless security threats while monitoring wireless LAN performance to ensure maximum network uptime and capacity. The AirTight SpectraGuard solution family has achieved industry leadership based on patented technology that eliminates false alarms, blocks wireless threats immediately and automatically, and locates wireless devices and events with pinpoint precision. 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.

About the PCI Security Vendor Alliance

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Vendor Alliance (SVA) will assist the members of the payment card industry and the PCI Security Standards Council, whose members are merchants, banks and POS vendors, by providing products and services that enable these organizations to achieve full compliance with the PCI DSS. The PCI SVA also complements the objectives of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB by helping educate the payment card industry about the business value of achieving PCI DSS compliance. To contact the PCI SVA, please visit www.pcialliance.org

AirTight Networks, and the AirTight Networks logo are trademarks; and AirTight and SpectraGuard are registered trademark of AirTight Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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