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Fluke Networks has unveiled several updates to its wireless intrusion prevention system in an effort to help enterprises curb unauthorized use of cellular devices and to more rapidly respond to emerging security threats.
AirMagnet Enterprise, a system of dedicated hardware sensors that can be deployed anywhere in a network, works in conjunction with access points and serves as an additional line of defense for enterprises like government agencies and financial and healthcare organizations. The vendor-agnostic AirMagnet Enterprise sensors provide data and analytics to IT teams based on network activity.
David TranProduct director, Fluke WLAN products
AirMagnet Enterprise version 10.9 provides new cellular detection and Automated Health Check features, as well as improved Dynamic Threat Update (DTU) technology.
The cellular detection feature can locate 3G, 4G LTE and CDMA activity, a benefit for enterprises with sensitive areas that need to enforce no-wireless zones and cell phone restrictions, said David Monahan, research director at Enterprise Management Associates.
"Being able to detect cellular and other non-Wi-Fi devices is very useful for high-security businesses with areas like confidential manufacturing floors or research labs," Monahan said. "These businesses won't have to buy another piece of specialized equipment."
AirMagnet's DTU works with Fluke's AirWise intelligent threat analytics engine to scan the 44 standard Wi-Fi channels, as well as the 201 extended 5GHz channels, for potential threats or anomalies. Because of the DTU, Fluke's security team can push security signatures more quickly as threats emerge. The signatures are automatically downloaded to AirMagnet Enterprise, with no downtime for the customer, said David Tran, product director for wireless LAN (WLAN) products for Fluke.
Vendors offering WLAN technology, such as Aruba, Aerohive and Cisco, also offer protection built into its access points, but security isn't the main focus of this hardware. These access points typically provide partial scans where only the 44 standard Wi-Fi channels are combed for threats, Tran said.
"There's a big gap in threat protection if enterprises just rely on access points as a first line of security," he said.
AirMagnet's Automated Health Check feature allows enterprises to verify Wi-Fi network health and performance by testing access points. This capability spots connectivity issues, so IT teams can troubleshoot problems, Tran said.
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