Airespace Tightens Security

Partnerships with InfoExpress and the Zone Labs division of Check Point deliver new integrated WLAN security features

August 9, 2004

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Airespace, Inc.®, today announced the expansion of its award winning Wireless LAN (WLAN) System to include new Network Access Control security features that protect all aspects of wireless networking, from client to core. Through partnerships with both InfoExpress and Zone Labs®, a Check Point® company (NASDAQ: CHKP), Airespace has extended its best-in-class wireless security capabilities to include client integrity checking and application-based Network Access Control (NAC). The Airespace WLAN System is a market leader in WLAN security with support for -- and innovation to -- the recently ratified IEEE 802.11i specification (see today's release, "Airespace Accelerate 802.11i for Real-Time Applications"), in addition to other common authentication and encryption standards.

The Airespace Wireless Enterprise Platform provides the most complete solution for the detection and protection against RF-related attacks, including the recently publicized Denial of Service attack discovered by the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT). These features build upon Airespace's already robust Wireless Protection System (WPS) to deliver a complete arsenal for the prevention of unauthorized wireless activity and the protection of business critical applications running over an enterprise wireless network.

Bullet-Proofing the Edge of WLANs

WLAN security demands proactive monitoring of wireless clients, including real-time Network Access Control to eliminate security threats and to clamp down on undesirable wireless user activity. Airespace enhances these capabilities with InfoExpress' CyberGatekeeper product and Integrity from Check Point's Zone Labs division. Airespace is working with these partners to integrate this functionality into the Airespace Wireless Enterprise Platform via a robust set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This integration ensures that only wireless users running up-to-date security software (such as current anti-virus software, latest OS security patches, personal firewalls, VPNs, etc.) are allowed to access the wireless network. Client devices that violate IT security policies, or are detected with a security threat while attempting to authenticate to the WLAN (e.g., an email-borne attack, virus, Trojan, web browser vulnerability, or unsanctioned application) can be "quarantined" until appropriate remediation can take place.

"Airespace developed a rich set of APIs to ensure easy interaction with complementary, state-of-the-art software applications," said Alan Cohen, vice president of marketing at Airespace. "In the case of WLAN security, these APIs have created a unique strategic advantage for Airespace, enabling us to provide network access control regardless of the authentication method used by the wireless client. Unlike other WLAN systems that are tied to a single authentication method, such as 802.1X, Airespace can seamlessly be integrated into any enterprise environment."

Airespace Inc.

Zone Labs Inc.

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