SOURCE: Network Chemistry

February 05, 2007 09:00 ET

Network Chemistry Extends Wired Network Scanning Solution to Protect Organizations From Wireless Threats

RFprotect™ Scanner Is the Industry's Only Security Appliance Designed to Discover All Network Devices and Eliminate Rogue Wireless Access Points and Peers

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- Network Chemistry, the wireless security experts, announced today a new version of RFprotect Scanner -- the industry's first and only appliance to discover all network devices and eliminate wireless threats to the enterprise.

The new release makes it easier than ever for enterprises to remove one of the most significant risks to company assets -- unauthorized wireless devices -- with a free, on-demand evaluation and rogue device audit that can be setup and run in minutes. To register for the evaluation, visit:

"Finally, someone has delivered an easy to evaluate, deploy, and maintain wired solution to the wireless security challenge," said John Wierzgac, wireless network engineer for Wireless Resources, Inc., a premier provider of wireless networking and security solutions. "Organizations are now able to deploy a single appliance and be confident that they can classify all of the devices on their network and quickly identify and remove vulnerabilities created by unwanted wireless-capable infrastructure."

As the industry's only network-based appliance focused on the problem of unauthorized devices, RFprotect Scanner enables administrators with no RF experience to have plug-and-play protection and achieve compliance with industry and/or government regulations like the Payment Card Industry's (PCI) Data Security Requirements. Unlike alternatives, which focus on application and OS vulnerabilities, RFprotect Scanner automatically recognizes rogue devices based on its classification database and the organization's security policies and remediates them in real-time.

"With the proliferation of mobile workers and devices, securing the network from wireless threats is a business imperative," said T. Paul Thomas, CEO, Network Chemistry. "Whether companies have their own WLANs or have implemented a 'no wireless' policy, RFprotect Scanner will help keep their corporate assets protected -- from a single, centralized appliance."

Keeping Up with Wireless Threat Proliferation

RFprotect Scanner can be configured to automatically shield the network from all rogue devices by drawing data from Network Chemistry's patent-pending Collaborative Device Classification system -- a dynamic, self-learning database of enterprise network devices. In a recent test on a Fortune 500 enterprise network with more than 120,000 devices, the system properly classified every rogue wireless device with zero false positives.

Used by a growing community of technologists, Network Chemistry's open source RogueScanner™ ( tool provides anonymous data to the Collaborative Device Classification system. Downloaded over 25,000 times, the open source tool leverages the scanning agent that is used in the commercial RFprotect Scanner system. The Collaborative Device Classification system has made over 1,000,000 device classifications.

Today, the RFprotect Scanner system detects more than 800 different types of APs as well as nearly 10,000 other types of network devices. RFprotect Scanner appliances can be configured to receive updated device classification rules and fingerprints, ensuring the most accurate identification and remediation of rogue wireless devices.

The Unchecked Threats -- Rogues APs and Bridging PCs

RFprotect Scanner has been enhanced to detect both categories of rogue wireless devices: access point (AP) based threats and end-user computer based threats. It is well known that typically well-intentioned employees bring unauthorized APs into their organizations, creating greater wireless security issues because consumer devices are often left unsecured and are extremely difficult to detect.

A rogue peer is an end-user computer -- usually a laptop -- that has both bridging and wireless enabled. Rogue peers have flown under the radar, but are often more prevalent and present the same level of risk. Since the basic functions of an access point are bridging and wireless access, any laptop that has these capabilities enabled presents a similar vulnerability as a rogue AP, or worse. RFprotect Scanner automatically detects and remediates both types of threats, extending Network Chemistry's portfolio of patent-pending technology and family of wireless security solutions.


RFprotect Scanner is available now. For further information, please contact Network Chemistry at 1-888-952-6477. For more information about RFprotect Scanner, visit:

About Network Chemistry

Network Chemistry is the industry standard for securing the mobile enterprise. The world's most successful enterprises and demanding government agencies trust Network Chemistry's wireless security solutions to prevent attacks, detect vulnerabilities, intrusions and policy violations, accelerate incident response, and conduct surveys for wireless LAN deployment planning. Network Chemistry has received numerous accolades, including being recognized as a Red Herring 100 company, receiving the top score in SC Magazine's "Wireless Security Group Test," as well as its "Global Award," and "5 Star Winner" honors; Network Computing's "Editor's Choice" and "Best Value;" and 802.11 Planet's "Best of Show." The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit or call 1-888-952-6477.

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