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.

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.

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