AirTight SpectraGuard Renews Common Criteria Certification

First and Only WIPS Certified to IDS System Protection Profile

Jul 30, 2012, 08:00 ET from AirTight Networks

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AirTight® Networks, the global leader in secure Wi-Fi solutions, today announced that the current release of its industry-leading wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS), SpectraGuard® Enterprise Version 6.5, has achieved Common Criteria (CC) certification, under the IDS System Protection Profile. This facilitates continued SpectraGuard deployment in Government and defense networks to protect from airborne information security threats.  The product was tested and evaluated independently by CygnaCom Solutions Inc., an accredited test lab in the U.S.


Common Criteria is an internationally standardized framework for matching end-user security requirements with vendor product specifications. For the United States., the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Policy No. 11 mandates that agencies reporting to the Executive Branch use Common Criteria-evaluated equipment and software for networks carrying sensitive information. In the U.S, National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) of National Security Agency (NSA) oversees product evaluation for CC certification. These CC certificates are accepted by Governments in all CC member countries. NIAP also defines set of requirements called Protection Profiles (PPs) under which products are evaluated for compliance.

"Our Government customers need their wireless security systems to meet the IDS System PP. Some of them have a 'no-Wi-Fi' policy and those who had installed CC compliant Wi-Fi infrastructure could meet only WLAN Access System PP, since Wi-Fi infrastructure from major vendors is not certified to IDS System PP," said Dr. Hemant Chaskar, VP of Technology and Innovation for AirTight Networks. "Now by overlaying AirTight's industry leading SpectraGuard WIPS on any Wi-Fi infrastructure, they are able to meet the IDS System PP for wireless security in their networks, as well as using SpectraGuard for no-Wi-Fi policy enforcement."

"AirTight continues to assure that its products are tested under the most stringent and current certification schemes which meet the level of security required by the U.S. Government and governments worldwide. The current Common Criteria certification of SpectraGuard Enterprise validates AirTight's position as the WIPS provider of choice for government agencies and global enterprises which must meet the strict security criteria in their enterprise networks," said David King, chairman and CEO of AirTight Networks.

In addition to Common Criteria, AirTight SpectraGuard is also certified to FIPS 140-2 standard. It is also included in the DISA's Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Product List (APL) for U.S. DoD deployments.

About Common Criteria
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) established the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) to evaluate IT product conformance to the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation, an international standard. The program, officially known as the NIAP Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) is a partnership between the public and private sectors to help organizations select commercial off-the-shelf information technology (IT) products that meet their security requirements and to help manufacturers of those products gain acceptance in the global marketplace. Twenty-two countries now recognize the Common Criteria as the official third-party evaluation criteria for IT security procedures.

About AirTight Networks
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.

About CygnaCom Solutions
CygnaCom Solutions has been providing professional information security services and cryptographic solutions to government and business clients since 1994. CygnaCom provides consulting services and customized solutions to help clients develop, implement and maintain their information security programs, policies and strategy. Through its accredited laboratories, CygnaCom is also a provider of comprehensive U.S. standards-based security testing and evaluation services for IT and cryptographic products. For more information, visit:

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