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Wireless security product review: AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard 2.0

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SpectraGuard 2.0
AirTight Networks
Price: Starts at $7,500

AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard is the first out-of-the-box wireless security solution to offer live RF coverage mapping and auto-classification of detected devices.

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Gone are the days when security managers had to war-drive their own enterprise networks for rogue and misconfigured wireless access points or promiscuous clients. AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard has staked out a prominent place among wireless intrusion detection and prevention products, and is the first we've seen to offer live RF coverage mapping, a great feature for managing and monitoring WLANs and planning wireless deployments.

The power of SpectraGuard comes in its ability to detect and classify devices as authorized, external or rogue based on highly configurable, detailed security policies rather than the detection and blocking of specific attacks. The granularity and accuracy of its classification sharply reduces the number of false positives--the bane of IDSes, wired and wireless alike. The only gap is SpectraGuard's inability to classify APs using NAT, which must be manually configured.

This was first published in February 2005

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