About the Trusted Wireless Environment

A Trusted Wireless Environment is a framework used to build a complete Wi-Fi network that is fast, easy to manage, and most importantly, secure.

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A Trusted Wireless Environment is based on these three core concepts:

  1. Market-Leading Performance: You should never be forced to compromise security to achieve adequate performance to support your environment with the speed, connections and density that it requires.
  2. Scalable Management: With easy set-up and management, you should be able control your entire wireless network, big or small, from a single interface and execute key processes to safeguard the environment and its users.
  3. Verified Comprehensive Security: You should be able to prove that your security solution defends your business against Wi-Fi attacks and can deliver on these benefits:
  • Provide automatic protection from the six known Wi-Fi threat categories:
    • Rogue access point
    • Rogue client
    • Neighbor access point
    • Ad-hoc connection
    • Evil Twin access point
    • Misconfigured access point
  • Allow legitimate external access points to operate in the same airspace
  • Prevent user connections to unsanctioned Wi-Fi access points

For more information, see Trusted Wireless Environment on the WatchGuard web site.

For details about the six known Wi-Fi threat categories, see: WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Videos.

You can test your own wireless network security measures to see if they are able to detect and prevent the six known threats identified by the Trusted Wireless Environment. For more information, see the Trusted Wireless Environment Test Guide.

Wi-Fi Security Report

The industry’s first Wi-Fi security report has been published by Miercom. This report compares product efficacy against the six known Wi-Fi threat categories, and illustrates the hidden, security deficits with many competing Wi-Fi solutions.

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The Wi-Fi Security report found that WatchGuard access points with a Secure Wi-Fi or Total Wi-Fi management subscription is the only solution to:

  • Automatically detect and prevent the six known Wi-Fi threat categories simultaneously and still maintain performance
  • Support automatic detection and prevention of rogue APs and rogue clients
  • Automatically block endpoints from communicating over ad-hoc Wi-Fi connections
  • Automatically prevent connections to “evil twin” APs and dangerous connections to misconfigured APs, such as private SSIDs without encryption

To download the full report, see: Wi-Fi Security Report.

Create a Trusted Wireless Environment with WatchGuard

With WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud and WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Prevention System), it is easy to quickly create a Trusted Wireless Environment with WIPS and automatically protect your Wi-Fi network against the six known Wi-Fi threat categories.

WIPS is a collection of features that run on WatchGuard APs and Wi-Fi Cloud. You can use WatchGuard APs for both Wi-Fi access and WIPS security protection, or you can use APs as dedicated WIPS security sensors that you can deploy together with other WatchGuard APs or third-party APs and Wi-Fi controllers.

To create a Trusted Wireless Environment, WatchGuard APs must have either a Total Wi-Fi or Secure Wi-Fi AP management subscription.

For detailed information on AP management subscriptions, see Wi-Fi Packages.

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WatchGuard Access Point Models

WatchGuard currently offers these access point models:

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For more information about WatchGuard APs, see Secure Wi-Fi.