Fortress Technologies & AirDefense Launch Business Partnership for Targeted Government and Enterprise Customers

Leaders in Wireless LAN Security Working Together & Integrating Technologies

ATLANTA – August 12, 2003 – Two of the most trusted names in wireless LAN security are working together to lock down Wi-Fi networks for targeted government and enterprise accounts. Fortress Technologies and AirDefense Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to collectively provide encryption, authentication, rogue detection, intrusion protection, policy enforcement and performance monitoring for wireless LANs.

With the partnership, AirDefense has integrated AirFortress traffic signatures into the AirDefense wireless LAN monitoring platform. This integration allows AirDefense to recognize wireless LAN encryption and authentication from Fortress Technologies and monitor policy for all traffic to be properly authenticated and encrypted with AirFortress. The two companies are working together for future integration to provide a higher level of wireless LAN policy enforcement and intrusion protection.

AirDefense and Fortress Technologies also are coordinating their sales efforts into targeted accounts and working on joint marketing initiatives, such as educational seminars and selected trade shows.

“Enterprises rely on Fortress Technologies for advanced Layer 2 encryption and authentication,” said Jay Chaudhry, chairman and CEO of AirDefense. “By integrating AirFortress signatures into our WLAN monitoring platform, AirDefense ensures that wireless LAN policies are defined, monitored and enforced for enhanced security and proper use of the network.”

More than a year ago, AirDefense introduced the first 24×7, real-time wireless LAN monitoring system based on its innovative, patent-pending platform of distributed smart sensors and a server appliance. The smart sensors monitor all wireless LAN activities 24×7 and communicate with the server appliance, which provides scalable, centralized management for real-time rogue detection, policy enforcement, intrusion protection and health monitoring of the wireless LAN.

Fortress Technologies’ AirFortress family of WLAN security gateways eliminate the opportunity for hackers to intercept important network data, view internal network addresses or interrupt availability through denial-of-service attacks with Data Link security and its unique Three-Factor Authentication approach, which provides protection at the network, device and user levels.

“Securing wireless LANs with a comprehensive solution that incorporates privacy, access control and authentication is enhanced by real-time monitoring to detect all rogues, enforce network policies and monitor the health of the network,” said Shawn R. Hughes, president and CEO of Fortress Technologies. “AirDefense pioneered the market for WLAN monitoring. We are pleased to partner with them to provide a complete wireless LAN security solution.”

About AirDefense, Inc.
AirDefense is a thought leader and innovator of wireless LAN security and operational support solutions. Founded in 2001, AirDefense pioneered the concept of 24×7 monitoring of the airwaves and now provides the most advanced solutions for rogue WLAN detection, policy enforcement, intrusion protection and monitoring the health of wireless LANs. As a key element of wireless LAN security, AirDefense complements wireless VPNs, encryption and authentication. Based on a secure appliance and remote sensors, AirDefense solutions scale to support single offices, corporate campuses or hundreds of locations. Blue chip companies and government agencies rely upon AirDefense solutions to secure and manage wireless LANs around the globe. For more information, go to www.airdefense.NET or call 770.663.8115.

About Fortress Technologies
Fortress Technologies offers the most flexible and market proven security products that address the inherent risks and vulnerabilities of 802.11 and other wireless networks. The flagship AirFortress product offers a trusted and easy-to-use security solution that ensures the business integrity demanded by global 1000 companies, government agencies and healthcare organizations. AirFortress was the first product to meet the U.S. government’s rigorous standards for wireless network security, certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (FIPS 140-validated) and the Department of Defense, among others. Privately-held Fortress Technologies is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with partners and resellers worldwide. For more information, contact us at or 813.288.7388.

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