Wired Security Mentality for WLANs

Wednesday, 20 November 2002, 4:40 PM EST

Latis Networks, a company known more for its wireline network security applications, is taking its wired mentality into the Wi-Fi realm with the release of its StillSecure Border Guard Wireless application.

What makes his product more effective than intrusion detection systems (IDS), said Rajat Bhargava, Latis Networks president and chief executive officer, is the fact Border Guard won't let unauthorized users on the wireless local area network (WLAN) in the first place.

"(IDSs) fail because there's a huge amount of false positives; the function of an IDS is just to alert you, not take any action," he said. "We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make the next generation of IDS more powerful and useful."

What Latis technicians learned was they didn't need to stray far from the security features they already had available in existing Border Guard applications. Using a dual authentication procedure-- setting up policies to allow only certain machines into the network and user authentication (login/password) -- Border Guard Wireless is able to add another layer of security to the WLAN.

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