Sunday, July 27, 2008

Motorola to Acquire AirDefense for Wireless LAN Security

Motorola agreed to acquire privately held AirDefense, which specializes in WLAN security, for an undisclosed sum.

AirDefense, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, develops Wireless Intrusion Prevention Solutions (WIPS) and premium software applications. The solutions enable corporations to secure their networks against wireless security threats and comply with regulatory and industry standards. AirDefense capabilities include rogue wireless detection, policy enforcement and intrusion prevention, both inside and outside an organization's physical locations and wired networks. The company claims nearly 800 government agencies and blue chip customers.

"WIPS solutions have gained significant traction as Wireless LANs have become pervasive in industries from the federal government to financial services," said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager, Motorola Enterprise Wireless LAN division. "Industry compliance requirements such as Payment Card Industry Data Security (PCI DSS) and heightened security awareness have fueled the need for comprehensive compliance, enforcement, forensics and reporting, which is offered by AirDefense solutions. This transaction is a tremendous opportunity for Motorola to enhance its WLAN portfolio by utilizing AirDefense's relationships and further integrating WIPS security solutions into our WLAN infrastructure offering. Together, we are a leader in helping businesses truly realize the vision of a secure and reliable all-wireless enterprise."http://www.motorola.com


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