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Trapeze Builds Security Into WLAN Switches

Wireless vendor Trapeze Networks this week plans to unveil a partnership through which it will incorporate AirDefense’s WLAN intrusion detection software into its line of wireless LAN switches.

The move underscores the growing importance of security features in WLAN deployments, solution providers said.

Aubrey Brown, president and CEO of Corsa Network Technologies, a Campbell, Calif.-based Trapeze partner, said the addition of AirDefense security features will make Trapeze’s products more marketable to his wireless customers. “Anything that adds security to a wireless system increases its value to the customer,” Brown said.


While Trapeze has intrusion detection technologies it developed in-house, the partnership adds the extra layer of protection that Trapeze solution providers have been asking for, said Bruce Van Nice, vice president of worldwide marketing for Trapeze, Pleasanton, Calif.

In addition, customers are seeking monitoring tools that can be used to demonstrate compliance with HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, which AirDefense’s software makes possible, Van Nice said.

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