Managed networks service provider, Meraki, has upgraded its MR wireless solution, introducing a new wireless suite called Air Marshal that the company says will prevent eavesdropping, keeping intruders at bay.
The upgrade comes with several mobility features and dozens of other enhancements.
The upgrade is also compliant with all Meraki MR-series wireless access points, which the company’s existing enterprise customers can expect to get at no extra cost.
Customers of Meraki, a San Francisco, CA (News - Alert)-based organization, are big corporate companies or schools and organizations to whom it helps set up their own networks, selling them wireless LAN devices, security appliances and the cloud architecture software.
The new wireless suite, Air Marshal, according to the company, is in fact designed for big businesses in healthcare, retailing and financial sectors.
Meraki, however, says the product is useful for everyone as it is easy to use and cost- effective for networks of any size.
Air Marshal, according to the company, allows any Meraki wireless access point to detect a wide variety of threats, including rogue access points, SSID spoofing, packet floods and malicious broadcasts.
If an access point is found to be rogue, it is automatically neutralized, Meraki stated in a news release.
As the software is continuously updated from the cloud, Air Marshal automatically responds to new threats. In addition, Air Marshal can operate even when wireless APs are not actively serving clients.
Unlike traditional WIPS solutions, Air Marshal is fully integrated into every Meraki access point, eliminating integration costs, controller hardware and management complexity.
"With Wi-Fi becoming the default access layer in enterprises, security is at the forefront of our customers' minds," said AJ Goldman, Chief Evangelist.
Meraki has also released a number of wireless improvements, in addition to Air Marshal, which include enhanced mobility architecture for improved ultra-fast roaming and inter-subnet (layer 3) mobility.
Customers of Meraki are likely to receive upgrade availability notifications over the coming weeks. They can otherwise contact the firm directly to have their network advanced.
Meraki’s customers include Stanford University and British Telecom, and the company is funded in part by Sequoia Capital (News - Alert) and Google.
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Edited by Braden Becker