VeriSign plans to launch a managed wireless intrusion detection and prevention service (WIDS/WIPS) by mid-year, with AirMagnet the first vendor it will support.
The Mountain View, California-based company, in addition to operating the .com and .net internet domains and running a telecoms signaling network, is also an SSL certification authority and a provider of security services.
Scott Magrath, its director of managed services, said the managed WIDS/WIPS service is a response to the growth in importance of WLAN technology in enterprise networks, while the fact that the recently exposed TJ Maxx data theft was not only the largest in history but possibly the result of a wireless hack only raised the profile of WIDS/WIPS still further.
Magrath added that the service will debut on AirMagnet, then expand to add AirDefense. This is the other heavyweight in the space whose technology integrates with Cisco WLAN infrastructure, enabling one of its Aironet APs to be transformed into an AirDefense sensor by blasting the latter’s code onto it, rather than requiring a company to acquire a dedicated sensor.