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Alerting and Reporting
No longer chained to their consoles, managers are demanding more ways to receive critical alerts when their networks are under siege, as well as generating reports for auditors and management.

AirMagnet topped our list with nine different ways to deliver alerts, which can be set based on their individual thresholds of importance. AirDefense and AirTight have similar options, but Network Chemistry trailed the pack.

Logging and reporting has become critical due to strict audit requirements and government regulations. It's no surprise that wireless security measures are subject to increasing scrutiny.

Each of the products provides enterprise-class reporting features. AirDefense has the most robust reporting, offering an exhaustive amount of data (well over 200 data points per device) on a minute-by-minute basis. Its reports include historical analysis and trends, and those based on device, security and policy compliance.

Although Network Chemistry doesn't have such extensive capabilities, its strength lies in the ease at which reports can be set up, and automatically generated and distributed.

AirMagnet's compliance reporting was the most comprehensive, providing reports for auditing requirements associated with DoD 8100.2, HIPAA, SOX and GLBA.

AirTight provides four reports specific to regulatory compliance, in addition to commonly requested reports, such as detailed event and sensor listings.

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It excels in its flexibility to customize and edit templates, and to create templates from scratch.

Attractive Options
It's hard to go wrong with any of these choices. All of them are close in terms of features in functionality.

AirTight's SpectraGuard was the easiest to deploy, configure and manage. We were instantly alerted to attacks and vulnerabilities. With the maturity of their products, AirDefense and AirMagnet can meet the rigorous demands of the enterprise, but also have developed an air of complexity. Network Chemistry's RFprotect is a no-frills wireless IDS/IPS at a price that makes it a good deal, especially for organizations looking to enforce a zero wireless policy.

This was first published in March 2006

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