MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AirTight Networks, the premier provider of wireless intrusion prevention (WIPS) and secure Wi-Fi access products and services, announced today that Gartner has rated AirTight "Strong Positive" in its 2012 Marketscope for Wireless LAN Intrusion Prevention Systems. A "Strong Positive" is the highest rating possible in a Gartner Marketscope. Vendors were evaluated on five criteria – customer experience, offering (product) strategy, overall viability (business unit, financial strategy, organization), marketing execution, product/service. A complimentary copy of the full report is available from AirTight at the link above.
The Marketscope report notes that, "Just like wired networks, wireless networks need to be monitored to both proactively detect vulnerabilities to accelerate mitigation and to quickly detect security incidents to support rapid incident response." The Marketscope also comments that, "WLAN exploits can be targeted to cause significant location-specific security incidents that can be difficult and expensive to remediate," and that, "Further advances in other wireless technologies and general concerns about the use of smartphones have carried the scope of WLAN IPS beyond Wi-Fi, and vendors in this market are expanding into Bluetooth, mobile phones, wireless cameras, active RFID, cordless phones and other non-Wi-Fi services." It says that, "Enterprises need WLAN IPS tools to ensure that vulnerability management and intrusion prevention processes are extended to cover wireless extensions to wired networks."
"Two trends are becoming quite evident. As the BYOD tide rises, organizations will continue to struggle to embrace Wi-Fi access and various smartphones and tablets while tackling the security challenges of these unmanaged devices. Second, the rapid growth of Wi-Fi in remote offices of the distributed enterprise need the same controls and visibility as the corporate campus," said David King, Chairman and CEO of AirTight. "AirTight has addressed this challenge by providing enterprises with both on-premise and cloud WIPS and secure Wi-Fi access solutions to automatically detect and classify all wireless devices on the network in order to apply appropriate security policies to prevent any unauthorized device access to the network regardless of authentication credentials. We are proud to have the value of our services in the WIPS market recognized by this 'Strong Positive' rating in the current Gartner Marketscope."
The report also notes, "Companies must remember that compliance is not the end of vulnerabilities, and does not equate to security. We predict that most successful WLAN attacks will exploit misconfigured access points and weakly defended consumer grade end-user devices."
Gartner, Inc. is the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry. The July 2012 report was authored by John Girard, VP, Distinguished Analyst, John Pescatore, VP, Distinguished Analyst and Tim Zimmerman, Research Director at Gartner.
About AirTight's Products
The AirTight SpectraGuard solution family has achieved industry leadership based on patented technology that blocks wireless threats immediately and automatically, locates wireless devices and events with pinpoint precision and eliminates the false alarms that plague busy network operations and IT professionals.
Both its onsite WIPS product, SpectraGuard® Enterprise and AirTight Cloud Services™ are low touch solutions providing easy deployment, automated scanning and reporting and Secure Wi-Fi Access with little human intervention.
AirTight's Patent Portfolio
AirTight invented and delivered the first comprehensive WIPS in the industry and pioneered autoclassification which eliminates the need for manual methods of base-lining wireless security which are expensive, error prone, hard to sustain and not scalable. AirTight received a patent on its WIPS invention in the United States, the 7,002,943 patent.
AirTight now has a total of 24 U.S. and three international patents (UK, Australia and Japan) granted. It has more than 20 U.S. and international patents pending, many of which are undergoing active examination at patent offices of various countries and are expected to be granted this year.
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AirTight Networks is the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions. AirTight's patented technology protects enterprises from the growing problem of Wi-Fi security threats, while allowing organizations to better manage their WLAN environment and comply with emerging wireless compliance standards (i.e. PCI). The Company's award-winning SpectraGuard wireless intrusion prevention solution (WIPS) family provides enterprise security and compliance professionals with unparalleled capabilities to accurately detect, classify, block and locate all Wi-Fi security threats, while helping network operations staff to quickly monitor and troubleshoot WLAN performance issues. AirTight's pioneering Cloud Services family of cloud-hosted subscription services delivers the world's first and only "No Capex" multi-tenant WIPS, PCI wireless compliance and controller-less WLAN access solutions all in a single device.
AirTight's award-winning solutions are used by customers globally in the government, financial, retail, hospitality, telecom, technology, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and education sectors AirTight owns the seminal patents for wireless intrusion prevention technology with 24 U.S. and international patents granted to date (UK, Australia Japan) and more than 20 additional patents pending. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA.
AirTight Networks, the AirTight Networks logo, Cloud Services, Secure Wi-Fi and Marker Packet are trademarks; AirTight and SpectraGuard are registered trademarks of AirTight Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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