AirDefense has launched AirDefense Personal 3.0, the industry´s most comprehensive real-time threat detection and automated response for mobile workers. AirDefense Personal 3.0 enables administrators to easily create and automatically enforce wireless policies across the enterprise and provide end-to-end wireless intrusion prevention platform inside and outside of the office.
More than half of all workers within an enterprise will be outfitted with notebook computers within the next three years and almost all of these devices will be wirelessly enabled, according to J. Gold Associates.
In fact, within the next two to three years, suggests the Boston area research firm, knowledge workers will be mobile more than 50 percent of the time, working from diverse locations including the office, home, hot spots and customer sites.
While millions of mobile employees are greatly enhancing their productivity by using wireless devices to conduct business in and out of the office, along with the convenience of wireless connectivity comes an increase in security threats, including bridging, probing laptop, ad-hoc peer-to-peer network, phishing, evil twin, man-in-the-middle and other attacks.
AirDefense Personal´s flexible policy engine allows enterprises to centrally create, distribute and enforce policies such as allowing the use of specific VPNs, banning insecure applications on unencrypted networks, banned bandwidth hungry applications such as P2P and Video Streaming, Bluetooth, high-speed data cards (EV-DO, GPRS, EDGE and other 3G technologies) and certain hot spots.
With the AirDefense RF Boost feature, administrators can easily create custom policies and alarms to address company-specific needs, and these policies may be defined by groups, such as sales, engineering or finance, and by profiles and actions, such as telecommuters or administrators.
AirDefense Personal 3.0 also enables administrators to “black list” non-sanctioned networks, such as overlapping neighbor networks, as well as to track the location of all enterprise information assets. For example, AirDefense Personal allows administrators to determine in which city a mobile worker is connected, or where he or she was last connected or attacked.
Highly efficient and requiring little memory, AirDefense Personal is designed to work in conjunction with other client utilities, and because the system is centrally managed, administrators can install agents with no end-user involvement to effectively monitor activity and enforce policies throughout the organization. Further minimizing the impact on network administrators, AirDefense Personal provides a user-friendly interface that affords managers “quick glance” detection of event status and actions from the minimized tool bar.