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Intrusion detection systems heading toward corporate WLANs, report finds

Monitoring systems that alert network managers to breaches of security policy or malevolent attack are a vital comp...


February 19, 2004  


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Monitoring systems that alert network managers to breaches of security policy or malevolent attack are a vital component of large-businesses wireless LANs, according to a new report from Unstrung.

The report, entitled Intrusion Detection and Prevention for 802.11 Wireless LANs, provides analysis of leading vendors and products in this rapidly developing market.

“Advanced encryption and authentication mechanisms cannot detect numerous types of wireless LAN attacks and do not offer sufficient visibility into the network and airspace,” says report author Gabriel Brown.

“This lack of visibility feeds unfounded suspicions that wireless networks are not business-class and could lead to serious problems as new attacks emerge against previously secure networks.”

The report concludes that:

* Major equipment vendors will move soon to add wireless intrusion detection systems to their enterprise product portfolios, and

* Analysis agents will ultimately be distributed across laptops, PDAs, access points and dedicated monitoring sensors as part of an integrated intrusion detection system (IDS).

Profiles of 11 leading products and services, including price and network architecture options, are included in the report.

Wireless IDS vendors analyzed in the report include AirDefense, Airespace, AirMagnet, Aruba Wireless Networks; IBM, Network Chemistry, Newbury Networks; Red-M Communications, StillSecure, Vigilant Minds, Vigilar; WildPackets and WiMetrics.

Wireless infrastructure vendors referenced include Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, Proxim, Symbol Technologies and Trapeze Networks.

The new report is available individually for US$400, or as part of an annual subscription to the monthly Unstrung Insider, which is regularly priced at US$1,250. Further information is available at www.unstrung.com.