Network Chemistry Inc. is releasing RFprotect Endpoint, an automated wireless threat protection solution for enterprise mobile laptops. The scalable product centrally manages and sets policy for all laptops to actively enforce wireless security best practices when the laptops are in the office, at home, and on the road.
The new solution maintains mobile data privacy and enforces security compliance regulations by extending wireless security beyond the enterprise network perimeter, and safeguarding wireless use from risky configuration errors.
Complimenting existing laptop security suites, RFprotect Endpoint protects wireless networking options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EVDO, HSDPA, and GPRS/EDGE, as well as IrDA, Ethernet, and dial-up.
According to Network Chemistry, RFprotect Endpoint addresses security concerns about the use of wireless-enabled laptops by business travelers, the growing amount of confidential data residing on laptops, and the ease with which end users can engage in risky wireless behavior.
The company says that a survey conducted by Gartner with more than 2,000 business travelers in the U.S. found that 25 percent of respondents used hotspots while traveling on business. About two-thirds of those who use hotspots connect to online services via Wi-Fi at least once a day when traveling, and more than one-third of Wi-Fi users connect to hotspots more than ten times a year.
RFprotect Endpoint uses a technology called ConnectGuard, that actively prevents malicious hackers and employees from compromising data privacy and network integrity, either deliberately or inadvertently. The software guards wireless connections on laptops by limiting them to pre-approved network connections and prevents wireless connections to rogue APs, ad hocs, and evil-twin attackers.
The product can be configured to keep wireless connections secure anywhere a laptop is used by ensuring the use of VPNs when necessary. This policy prevents split-tunneling vulnerabilities and thus eliminates the risk that some of the wireless network traffic runs in the clear and is at risk of being intercepted.
A centralized policy management software can automatically enforce wireless security across thousands of laptop endpoints without confronting users with difficult security decisions. To ensure that policy is always being enforced, end users cannot disable RFprotect Endpoint or modify the configuration settings. RFprotect Endpoint logs detailed usage information including where, when, and how networks were accessed on the road.
Network Chemistry will make RFprotect Endpoint available in Q1 2006.