Secure Online Access with Watchguard's Latest AP300

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Watchguard Technologies- a developer of integrated and multi-function threat management appliances; came up with ‘AP300’ an advanced wireless access point when the overgrowing digital security threats have latched onto the WiFi space. AP300 enhances the reliability functions provided by the security solutions provider. Designed to meet the latest WiFi market demands, AP300 access point is remarkably compatible with the Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firebox appliances. The product is an upgrade from AP102, AP 100 and AP200 and features agile roaming, band steering, fast handover and configurable client limit.

From workspaces to public places free WiFi is becoming more of a commonplace, but these installations are susceptible enough to let information fall between the cracks. Increased use of wireless devices also increases the risks of data leakage. Organizations that fail to provide a secure network are exposing themselves and their guest users into a variety of security threats. Increased sophistication of mobile devices requires more advanced features to prevent unauthorized access to the networks it becomes a part of. Keeping view of the aforementioned conditions AP300 extends the UTM capabilities onto the WLAN to prevent data loss, block spam and filter web content. The set of wireless functionalities that individuate AP300 includes MAC filtering, Client reporting, 802.1 X authentications and PCI compliant scan and security.

Some of the possible threats involving wireless networks include: Gaining access to confidential info or passwords on networks with Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) algorithm; Rogue Access Points set up by attackers to leak information with similar SSIDs as of the host provider; infusing malware into the devices of guest users for eavesdropping and data theft. “Watchguard ensures a strong WLAN security and at the same time offers an uninterrupted network access when roaming between the access points. The astounding features of the product in improving businesses deserve a special mention” states Casey Jones, CTO of Quasar Data.