AirMagnet Wards off Wireless Vulnerabilities Outlined in GAO Study

June 1, 2005
FIPS-compliant solution hardens government networks against critical wireless LAN threats and security breaches

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- AirMagnet, Inc., the leader in wireless LAN (WLAN) security and performance solutions, safeguards federal wireless LANs from security vulnerabilities identified in the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study.

While the GAO highlighted the benefits of wireless networking, including increased flexibility and the ease of installing wireless networks, it found that WLANs present significant security challenges for federal agencies. Key issues identified at various federal facilities observed by the GAO included signal leakage, lack of wireless policies, inability to monitor wireless networks and unauthorized wireless activities. The full report is published at

AirMagnet offers the most comprehensive wireless security solution to the federal market, allowing government agencies to enjoy the benefits of wireless networking without the downsides as outlined by GAO. In particular, AirMagnet offers:

-- Unmatched Threat Detection Library: AirMagnet has the most comprehensive threat detection library on the market, monitoring more than 130 types of wireless threats and attacks. AirMagnet detects intrusions, rogues, performance faults, configuration vulnerabilities, signal leakage and policy violations, then delivers automated wired and wireless blocking to ensure that all attacks and vulnerabilities are stopped at the source.

-- Regulatory Compliance Templates: AirMagnet combines government regulations with its wireless network policy alarms to monitor and enforce regulation-specific rules across wireless networks. AirMagnet's integrated compliance reporting analyzes data and evaluates the compliance status of a network, while enabling users to verify and document compliance with regulations such as Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8100.2.

-- FIPS 140-2 Compliance: AirMagnet's SmartEdge Sensor software has received FIPS 140-2 validation, a government certification of security claims for technology products. In sensitive federal environments where exploits can cripple a wireless network or expose classified data, standards-compliant wireless intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) is a crucial component of any wireless government network.

"We understand the stringent security needs of government organizations and have gone to great lengths to deliver solutions tailored to those specific needs," said Dean Au, president and CEO of AirMagnet. "AirMagnet takes the headache out of regulation compliance and, with our FIP 140-2 validation, we're the 'go-to' solution for government agencies with zero-tolerance for network vulnerabilities of any kind."