If you need to monitor WLAN systems at your workplace, either official ones or for detecting rogue access points, you might want to look at AirMagnet. In fact, AirMagnet has just announced the latest revision of its continuous wireless LAN security and management solution, the AirMagnet Enterprise 8.0.
One of the key upgrades in this version is the ability to detect rogue 802.11n networks, now that draft 2.0 devices have been around for some time. At the moment though, AirMagnet's distributed sensors are still based on the 802.11a/b/g chipset. As such, it is capable of recognizing only 802.11n frames, but it is unable to provide complete visibility into 802.11n traffic. However, 802.11n sensors are in the works.
The system detects and defends against the latest classes of wireless LAN exploits, delivers the industry's only forensic analysis for spectrum/RF threats, and introduces a complete threat intelligence system to classify and prioritize all wireless events for simple management. These updates provide the improved intelligence necessary to consistently and efficiently protect enterprise wireless networks from all potential Wi-Fi risks and threats.
Another key capability of the AirMagnet Enterprise 8.0 is its ability to perform advanced spectrum forensics. It allows you to capture raw evidence of interference or Layer 1 Denial-of-Service. Additionally, it features proactive WLAN defense, which actively suppressing wireless threats, such as preventing the use of various hacking tools used to obtain or "crack" static WEP keys.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.