Motorola acquires WLAN security provider

Motorola acquires WLAN security provider

Communications provider Motorola has acquired AirDefense, a wireless LAN (WLAN) security provider.

Under the agreement, AirDefense will be integrated into Motorola's enterprise mobility business as a wholly owned subsidiary. The acquisition would allow Motorola to further complement its assets in radio frequency diagnostics and planning, the company said.

"Together with AirDefense, Motorola will secure enterprise networks with a common platform solution providing indoor and outdoor wireless protection for users operating in various settings," said Kathy Paladino, president of Motorola's enterprise mobility business. "These settings include corporate headquarters, manufacturing and distribution plants, and remote branch offices."

Enhancing wireless security

According to Motorola, AirDefense provides wireless intrusion prevention systems (WIPS) that protect enterprise networks against wireless security threats. The systems also facilitate compliance with regulatory and industry requirements, Motorola said.

"We are excited to unite our people, processes and technology with Motorola to ensure secure wireless mobility today and in the future as customers migrate to 802.11n, mesh networking and fixed -mobile convergence," said Mike Potts, former CEO of AirDefense.

Potts said that the Motorola-AirDefense platform would provide customers comprehensive wireless security regardless of their WLAN infrastructure.

"This acquisition allows Motorola to utilize AirDefense's relationships and technology to further integrate WIPS security solutions into our WLAN infrastructure offerings," said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager, Motorola enterprise wireless LAN division.

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