Business security solutions company WatchGuard Technologies recently unveiled two new wireless access point products, providing customers with the same level of security for their wireless local access network (WLAN) traffic as their traditional wired traffic.
As more and more companies incorporate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, they usually adopt complicated procedures to manage this growing trend, with limited security measures that are only effective within a virtual private network (VPN) or hard-wire connection.
WatchGuard says this approach leaves mobile devices vulnerable to intrusion, viruses, and malware when connected to a wireless network. With threats on the rise and growing amounts of corporate data stored on workers’ personal devices, it is critical to take steps to secure wireless infrastructure, according to the firm.
“Smartphones and tablets now account for about 25 percent of devices used for work, and companies need to protect these devices from threats as securely as they do wired devices,” said Scott Robertson, VP Asia Pacific, WatchGuard Technologies. “Our new wireless access point products provide customers with our leading unified threat management features and enable them to apply security settings to their WLAN traffic easily and affordably.”
WatchGuard’s new Wireless Access Points AP100 and AP200 extend the high-performing, best-in-class and policy-based management features, familiar to WatchGuard’s smart firewall customers, to the wireless environment, says the firm.
“This step offers customers the ability to accurately and easily apply security policies and changes to both wired and WLAN resources simultaneously, which is critical to enforcing security standards across the entire network infrastructure,” it added.