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Trapeze Networks RF Firewall: Location-Based WLAN Security

Today, Trapeze Networks, a Belden brand (NYSE: BDC), announced global availability of the Trapeze RF Firewallâ„¢, a location-based firewall securing wireless LAN networks (WLANs). The Trapeze RF Firewall is the first application available on the new Trapeze LA-200E Location Appliance, also announced today. Perimeter Security Solution: Ultimate Cyber Barrier

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Trapeze Networks, a Belden brand (NYSE: BDC), announced global availability of the Trapeze RF Firewall™, a location-based firewall securing wireless LAN networks (WLANs).  The Trapeze RF Firewall is the first application available on the new Trapeze LA-200E Location Appliance, also announced today.  (See June 29, 2009 press release, "Demand for Location Services Driving Trapeze Networks to Deliver High Capacity Solutions.")

The Trapeze RF Firewall is a perimeter security application that works in conjunction with the Trapeze LA-200E.  For example, a company may decide to deny network access to anyone located outside the building.  The Trapeze LA-200E Location Appliance is able to discern exactly where someone with their Wi-Fi device is located.  Based on that information, the RF Firewall refers to the enforced policy, denying access to the network inside.  This type of firewall thwarts a wide variety of hacking / cracking techniques. 

In what is possibly one of the largest cybercrimes committed to-date, thieves parked outside a TJ Maxx department store used their wireless laptops to read transactions processed by Wi-Fi-connected cash registers inside the store.  Ultimately, 45,000,000 credit card numbers were stolen.  A Trapeze RF Firewall running on a Trapeze LA-200E could have located the notebook in the parking lot and stopped it from connecting to the network.

The Trapeze RF Firewall delivers these capabilities and benefits:

·        Location-Based Perimeter Security – RF Firewall creates a virtual location-based firewall around facilities and prevents unauthorized access from attackers attempting to break into a wireless network using high-gain antennas, spoofed MAC addresses, broken encryption keys, and stolen credentials and devices.  Using location as a part of authentication procedures, outsiders are kept off the network to prevent systematic attacks commonly mounted from outside.

·        Location-Based Policy Enforcement – RF Firewall allows IT / security personnel to define, manage and control a hierarchy of network administration and security policies.  Strict access and authentication policies are defined based on physical boundaries – e.g., inside or outside the building, public spaces or employee areas.

·        Actionable Alerts and Authentication History – RF Firewall provides actionable alerts by identifying the precise location of the potential security breach.  It also tracks user and Wi-Fi device movements based on authentication requests to access the wireless network.  A complete, detailed device list and the history of all devices on the network, including attempts to connect to the network, are displayed in real time.

·        Base Platform for Securing Business Applications – RF Firewall is powered on the Trapeze LA-200E for a unified view into the location of potential security breaches.  The Trapeze LA-200E with RF Firewall provides a secure WLAN platform for additional business applications such as ActiveAsset™ for asset management and SmartPass™ for user provisioning and guest access control.
 

Pricing and Availability
RF Firewall combined with the Trapeze LA-200E is priced at US$21,995 and is available immediately to all Trapeze channel partners, VARs and customers in the U.S., Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

About Trapeze Networks
Trapeze Networks, a Belden Brand, is a leader in enterprise wireless LAN equipment and management software.  Trapeze was the first company to introduce NonStop Wireless – delivering unmatched reliability to the enterprise wireless LAN, and its solutions are optimized for companies requiring mobility and high bandwidth such as healthcare, education, and hospitality.  Trapeze delivers Smart Mobile® providing scalable wireless LANs for applications such as Voice over Wi-Fi, location services, and indoor/outdoor connectivity.
 

CONTACT:  Karin Bakis of Bakis Communications, +1-978-758-3546, [email protected], for Trapeze Networks; or Chuck Conley of Trapeze Networks, +1-617-867-7124, [email protected]

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