SOURCE: AirTight Networks, Inc.

AirTight Networks, Inc.

August 31, 2009 08:00 ET

Latest Reported Cisco WLAN Access Point Vulnerability Underscores Need for Strong WIPS Protection; AirTight Customers Best Protected From the Current Exposure

AirTight Researchers Discover Cisco Vulnerabilities More Extensive Than Previously Thought; Live Webinar on September 2nd at 11 AM Pacific Will Demonstrate Cisco "Skyjacking" Vulnerability and Remediation

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2009) - AirTight Networks, the leader in wireless intrusion prevention systems (WIPS), today announced that customers using AirTight's SpectraGuard® are best protected from the recently discovered flaw in the Cisco WLAN operation which allows a hacker to "skyjack," or take control of, a Cisco lightweight access point. SpectraGuard Enterprise is the only proactive wireless intrusion prevention system available today with strong zero-day protection to guard against such vulnerabilities because of AirTight's patented marker packet technology and VLAN Policy Monitoring™ architecture.

"Making changes to your WLAN controller, access points and firewalls takes time and new vulnerabilities will continue to surface," said Pravin Bhagwat, CTO of AirTight. "Security administrators should make no mistake -- this is a dangerous vulnerability that could be exploited to create a rogue access point thus exposing critical assets on an enterprise network. This discovery again points out the danger, as well as the difficulty, presented by deploying security integrated with your WLAN infrastructure. Vulnerabilities like this put not only your network at risk but also the security you are using to protect it. Industry experts have recently noted that having a second line of defense in the form of an overlay Wireless IPS system is the best way to provide zero-day protection against the current and emerging threats."

AirTight's patented marker packet technology and industry's unique VLAN Policy Mapping™ architecture allows customers to detect a mismatch between wired and wireless assets and security policy settings, which in turn allows protection against many attack sequences which can be launched over Access Point skyjacking in a Cisco WLAN environment.

Airtight researchers will demonstrate the Cisco WLAN AP vulnerability and the remediation in a live Webinar titled "Skyjacking a Cisco WLAN Access Point; Attack Analysis and Countermeasures" on Wednesday, September 2nd at 11 AM Pacific. Those interested in joining this Webinar may register by following the link above. During the presentation, the researchers will also discuss other Cisco WLAN vulnerabilities recently discovered by their team.

AirTight offers complete wireless intrusion prevention products and services to help detect, classify, prevent and locate wireless threats. The products can be purchased as a traditional WIPS security system or as a managed wireless security service. AirTight also offers a wireless planning service to help organizations which are planning to deploy wireless in their stores, warehouses, distribution centers, or offices -- to ensure adequate coverage and security.

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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