IBM unveils wireless IDS service

Thursday, 9 October 2003, 2:57 PM EST

Citing the "explosion" of wireless hotspots in public spaces, homes and businesses, IBM Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a new managed IDS (intrusion detection service) targeted at wireless networks.

The new wireless intrusion detection service uses "sniffing" technology developed by IBM that can detect the presence of unauthorized ("rogue") access points, denial of service attacks, improperly configured access points and compromised Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption keys, according to Jim Goddard, security principal at IBM Global Services.

The new service relies on a network of Linux appliances that act as wireless sensors and are deployed similar to wireless access points within an office, Goddard said.

"They look like fuse boxes mounted on the wall," Goddard said.

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