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Motorola takes control of WLAN security provider

Posted: 31 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AirDefense acquisition? WLAN security? wireless security?

Motorola Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held AirDefense, a WLAN security provider. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"As wireless security remains a leading concern for enterprises, we are excited to announce this transaction with AirDefense, which enables Motorola to deliver a common platform solution for greater indoor and outdoor protection to WLAN networks in support of our all-wireless enterprise vision," said Kathy Paladino, president of Motorola's enterprise mobility business. "Based on our partnership through the years, we are confident that the combination of Motorola's WLAN infrastructure and AirDefense's features will further enhance our network security offerings and better secure our customers' networks."

AirDefense is a privately-held developer of Wireless Intrusion Prevention Solutions (WIPS) and premium software applications, which enable corporations to secure their networks against wireless security threats and comply with regulatory and industry standards. AirDefense has offered the first 24x7 Monitoring and Wireless Intrusion Detection System, the first use of access points as sensors and a host of add-on modules that address customer specific security problems and RF troubleshooting needs. In addition, AirDefense enables secure multivendor environments, which allows organizations to benefit from AirDefense's solutions regardless of their WLAN infrastructure.

"AirDefense complements Motorola's Enterprise business and Motorola is the ideal partner to help us take our WLAN security products and services to the next level," said Mike Potts, president and CEO of AirDefense. "We look forward to working with Motorola's talented professionals and utilizing the strengths of a global industry leader to achieve even greater success."

"WIPS solutions have gained significant traction as WLANs have become pervasive in industries from the federal government to financial services," said Sujai Hajela, VP and general manager, Motorola enterprise WLAN division. "Industry compliance requirements such as Payment Card Industry Data Security (PCI DSS) and heightened security awareness have fueled the need for comprehensive compliance, enforcement, forensics and reporting, which is offered by AirDefense solutions. This is a tremendous opportunity for Motorola to enhance its WLAN portfolio by utilizing AirDefense's relationships and further integrating WIPS security solutions into our WLAN infrastructure offering." Upon completion of the transaction, AirDefense will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola and will be integrated into Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business. Motorola intends to maintain AirDefense's Alpharetta, Georgia headquarters, which will be an integral component of Motorola's WLAN operations. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, is expected to close in the next few months.





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