Aruba updates WLAN management software.Byline: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeevan Thankappan)
The company's AirWave Wireless Management Suite 6.2 now can track compliance with version 1.2 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) Security procedures from the PCI Security Standards Council for merchants that accept credit cards online. ).The suite can create an array of reports documenting where the wireless network is in sync with the standard, and where it's not. <p>The software update also includes placement suggestions for radio sensors; support for Cisco LWAPP LWAPP Light Weight Access Point Protocol
LWAPP Lightweight Access Point Protocol 5.1/5.2 features; monitoring of Cisco 871w routers and remote Aruba access points; and the ability to accept a management trap by a Cisco WLAN See wireless LAN.
WLAN - wireless local area network controller as soon as it happens rather than waiting for a periodic polling of that controller. (Compare WLAN management products.) <p>AirWave, which Aruba acquired early in 2008, manages multivendor WLANs, mesh, and WiMAX networks. (We reviewed AirWave in our September 2008 Clear Choice Test.) <p>The PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). spec mandates data-security standards for merchants and service providers handling credit or debit card debit card, card that allows the cost of goods or services that are purchased to be deducted directly from the purchaser's checking account. They can also be used at automated teller machines for withdrawing cash from the user's checking account. data. The latest standards became mandatory this month, according to Aruba. The new AirWave version evaluates managed devices on the WLAN based on these PCI requirements.<p>Previously, for example, merchants were allowed to continue relying on the Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) An IEEE standard security protocol for wireless 802.11 networks. Introduced in 1997, WEP was found to be very inadequate and was superseded by WPA, WPA2 and 802.11i. ) protocol, an original part of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 802.11 WLAN standard. But WEP has been shown to be easily compromised. The newest PCI standard forbids WEP on all new networks after March 1, 2009, and requires eliminating it from existing networks by June 2010, says Manav Khurana, head of industry marketing for Aruba.<p>Also in keeping with PCI Council recommendations, quarterly WLAN audits can now be done automatically over scores or hundreds of retail outlets via AirWave.<p>By continuously monitoring WLANs with reference to the PCI standard, AirWave can immediately identify when any change at a site causes a violation of some part of the standard. The software flags the change, and alerts network administrators.<p>The new AirWave release also now takes the information it had always been collecting and aggregates this into a set of standard PCI reports. Previously, this information was collected and stored separately, and network administrators had to synthesize it on their own.<p>New reports include one that identifies new devices and users, and another for periodic inventorying of WLAN devices and networks.<p>AirWave Wireless Management 6.2 is now in beta test, with general availability due in February. Existing customers with service contracts receive the update free. For new customers, the suite's license is US$5,995 with a 25-access-point purchase, $27,495 with a 500-access-point purchase, and $84,995 with a 2,500-access-point purchase.<p>Copyright 2008 IDG IDG International Data Group
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