Enterasys, Fortress Team on Security

BOSTON — Enterasys and Fortress Technologies have partnered to improve wireless security for enterprise and government networks, the companies announced today at 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo.

The deal comes the same day as a Jupitermedia research report that showed that many enterprises lack adequate technology to secure data flowing between wireless devices, access points and networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The joint sales and marketing pact, which will target current and potential customers, combines Enterasys’s RoamAbout wireless systems with Fortress’ AirFortress authentication and encryption systems.

“(With the joint offering) users can enjoy the benefits of wireless access while simultaneously adhering to the government’s FIPS 140 security standard,” said Marsha Malone, a vice president with Andover, Mass.-based Enterasys.

FIPS, which stands for Federal Information Processing Standards Publications, is a standard for performing security tasks such as a creating or verifying digital signatures.

Fortress is privately held and based in Tampa, Fla. Its AirFortress product is designed to thwart hackers attempts to intercept data, view internal network addresses or interrupt availability through denial-of-service attacks.

In addition to encryption, it offers three-factor authentication. The company’s customers include the U.S. Army.

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