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Aruba bolsters mobile suite with security acquisition

Robert Westervelt, News Director

Mobile security vendor Aruba Networks, Inc. acquired wireless network scanning software from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Network Chemistry.

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Aruba could make the technology more affordable and more tightly coupled with their network management systems.
Paul DeBeasi,
senior analystBurton Group

Aruba acquired Network Chemistry's RFprotect wireless intrusion detection software and BlueScanner Bluetooth security software. The products scan wireless networks to detect vulnerabilities, policy violations, and possible rogue devices. Terms of the deal were not announced.

The RFprotect product line includes RFprotect Distributed, RFprotect Mobile, and BlueScanner software tools. RFprotect Distributed is a wireless intrusion detection and prevention system that uses a central security engine and purpose-built sensors to automate threat detection, attack prevention, and 'no wireless' policy enforcement. RFprotect Mobile is a portable analyzer for conducting site surveys, security assessments, and incident responses of wireless networks.

Network Chemistry had competed against Mountain View, Calif.-based AirTight Networks and Alpharetta, Ga.-based AirDefense.

Wireless security:
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Blue Cross bears burden of 'no wireless' policy: Blue Cross of Idaho had a "no wireless" policy on paper but never really enforced it. That is, until a team of auditors said the company had better do something.

Wireless intrusion detection systems have been notoriously costly, said Paul DeBeasi, a senior analyst at the Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. In addition to deploying a wireless network and a set of access control points, companies need to deploy and configure an additional set of sensors.

"Aruba could make the technology more affordable and more tightly coupled with their network management systems," DeBeasi said.

Wireless intrusion detection systems with dedicated sensors that provide 24/7 monitoring is the best approach, he said.

Aruba said it would integrate the tools into its secure mobility suite. It said it would also continue to provide support to existing Network Chemistry customers and partners.

"By integrating this capability into Aruba's product family we will extend our position at the vanguard of wireless security providers," said Dominic Orr, Aruba's president and CEO. "We look forward to working with, and providing uninterrupted support to, Network Chemistry's large base of existing enterprise and government customers."


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