AirDefense to Secure Wireless Network at Athens International Airport

One of the World’s Most Modern Airports Deploys AirDefense Enterprise to Monitor and Ensure Security of Data Over Airport’s WLAN

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AirDefense, Inc., the innovator that launched the wireless LAN security market, today announced that Athens International Airport selected its award-winning wireless intrusion prevention/detection system. AirDefense Enterprise is used to protect the airport’s wireless network in the terminal and satellite buildings covering more than 590,000 feet.

Athens International Airport is a major hub for Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines. Within the airport’s terminal building are more than thirty-five modern shops, including a fully equipped business center, twelve restaurants, eight business-class lounges and six car rental companies. Sixteen million passengers use the airport annually. AirDefense Enterprise enables the airport’s security experts to stop unauthorized attempts to attach to closed segments of the wireless network while providing minute-by-minute detail of traffic and potential threat activity.

“Ensuring our staff and visitors have secure wireless access from anywhere within the airport is essential,” said Vassilis Kontothanassis, Athens Airport ICTS Coordinator. “We were keen to work with an organization that demonstrated it could work in a complex wireless environment and give us peace of mind about wireless security. AirDefense enables us to do this.”

Securing a complex wireless environment in any airport is critical as today’s business travelers, especially frequent flyers, insist upon direct communication with their homes and offices while traveling. To allow safe wireless network access to passengers and staff, in addition to being secure enough for passengers to use wireless hotspots, is a challenge for any business attempting to offer wireless availability to customers from coffee shops to hotels. Airports not enabling wireless internet access could potentially lose passenger traffic and an airport that does not correctly secure their wireless access could potentially be vulnerable to all types of hacker attacks.

“Athens International Airport has a vast wireless network of access points from the baggage handling area, ticket counters, business lounges and point-of-sale card readers in the retail stores that need to be secured against potential wireless threats,” said Mike Potts, AirDefense CEO and president. “The Athens IT Team identified the importance of maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of their passengers’ data across the airport’s wireless network and we are thrilled to provide Athens International Airport with the world’s most powerful wireless intrusion prevention/detection system.”

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