Software safeguards against data theft and service attacks

5th April 2017
Source: Kontron AG
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Software safeguards against data theft and service attacks

The launch of Extreme's AirDefense advanced wireless security software package, specifically targeted towards the aviation market has been announced by Kontron. The AirDefense software runs in conjunction with the Kontron Cab-n-ConnectT A100 cabin wireless access point (CWAP), which received FAA PMA flight approval in September 2016.

The A100 CWAP is a device, which supports the latest 802.11ac WiFi standard, and delivers next gen HD video streaming to high-density cabin environments. Kontron's partner for the Extreme AirDefense software is Extreme Networks.

Security threats to devices using airline cabin WiFi include client-to-client data theft, client-to-server data theft, unauthorised system access and denial of service attacks. Kontron's Cab-n-Connect A100 CWAP combined with Extreme Networks' AirDefense software and ExtremeWireless WiNG operating system delivers a multi-layered security suite, complete with proactive monitoring and threat prevention. Additional features include rogue detection, intrusion prevention, active countermeasures and forensic analysis.

"Extreme AirDefense software is part of a toolbox of wireless security solutions for on-board IFE&C systems that Kontron can bring to the aircraft," said RJ McLaren, Avionics Product Manager. "Along with the software, Kontron is offering a service package that provides ongoing updates to counter the evolving set of threats that can be anticipated."

Kontron is a leader in the design and manufacturing of avionics products for the rapidly growing Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFE&C) market. The company has a global customer base, and obtains certifications required by the various global airworthiness authorities and regulatory agencies. For example, in December 2016, Kontron received China SRRC type approval for the CWAP A100. This allows radio transmission of the device on-board China-based airlines.

Kontron will demonstrate its complete line of avionics products at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017 held in Hamburg, Germany April 4th to 6th 2017 in the Kontron Booth #D50, Hall B2.

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