AirDefense Enterprise v7.3
Strengths: Solid product with excellent ease of use and performance.
Verdict: For its excellent value, ease of use and performance, we rate this our Best Buy.
SummaryAirDefense Enterprise provides protection against wireless threats, policy compliance monitoring, robust performance monitoring and troubleshooting, as well as location tracking in an appliance that is scalable for most size organizations. The AirDefense Enterprise offers comprehensive detection of wireless intrusion attempts by analyzing threats in real time against historical data. This allows accurate detection of various wireless attacks and anomalous behavior.
Automated protection works by stopping any attempted connection by a rogue device before access is gained to the network. This ensures that unauthorized users and rogue devices are disconnected. The system then generates and maintains a log of termination actions for audit records.
The product allows administrators to define, monitor and enforce policy in the areas of security, performance, usage and vendor types. AirDefense Enterprise includes a variety of regulatory compliance reports that administrators can generate. The AirDefense product provides forensic data to retrace any device’s activity down to the minute.
We found this product the easiest to set up of any product we tested. It is true plug-and-play. Within seconds of completing the installation, it discovered its sensor and immediately began to report rogue access points. The user interface is excellent and navigation is intuitive.
The documentation for this product is accurate and well-structured, providing the reader with the necessary information for deployment and administration.
AirDefense has two support options for the enterprise product: option one includes hardware support, all software upgrades and telephone support from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Option two includes hardware support, all software upgrades and telephone support 24/7. The AirDefense website is also a valuable resource for support.
Pricing starts at $7,995 for a starter kit with server, five sensors and licenses, which, given the rich feature set and ease of use, provides an excellent total cost of ownership value.