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Able to be deployed on any network, the Defender for IoT solution, says the company, is so easy to use that even non-technical staff at schools, hospitals, retailers, and hospitality venues can use it to isolate and protect both wired and wireless IoT devices from cyberattacks.

“Businesses are extracting so much value from the IoT revolution that it’s easy to see why deployments are happening fast, and security should not be viewed as an impediment to that,” says Mike Leibovitz, Senior Director of Product Management and Strategy, Extreme Networks. “With Defender for IoT, our goal is not only comprehensive security, but delivering it in a way that is simple and accessible to everyday employees to ensure business productivity is not affected by security protocol.”

Currently, says the company, IoT devices present two major security flaws for businesses today: Most lack embedded security since they were built to run on private networks where the assumption was it was tightly controlled and device-level security wasn’t required; and they are typically deployed in a flat or unsegmented network so that if breached, the attacker can gain access to sensitive areas of the network.

Defender for IoT, part of the company’s Smart OmniEdge network edge solution, is designed to address such challenges by offering the following capabilities:

  • IoT security without the complexity: Defender for IoT is simple to deploy and easy to maintain. Users simply plug the Defender Adapter into an Ethernet port, and run the associated application. The Defender application learns the typical traffic patterns of network devices, and dynamically generates a security policy that locks down what a device communicates with and how it can communicate, automating edge network security for the enterprise. Once initial device profiles have been dynamically generated, non-technical staff can easily place the adapter between the device and the network and apply the appropriate security profile using a simple drop-down menu.
  • Segmentation and isolation of IoT devices: With layer 2-7 visibility, Defender for IoT allows users to easily segment groups of IoT devices into multiple, isolated secure zones, reducing the network attack surface. Users can also centrally monitor and track device usage, location, and roaming, helping customers mitigate the risk of an attacker gaining access to more sensitive areas of the network.
  • Deployable on any network infrastructure: Defender for IoT works with any vendor’s IP network, providing in-line protection of IoT devices and segmentation through IPSec tunnels – without network changes. Additionally, Defender for IoT integrates with Extreme Fabric Connect, giving customers the ability to leverage network automation capabilities and dynamic auto-attach functionality to streamline edge security efforts.

“When plugged into our Smart OmniEdge visibility and analytics applications,” says Leibovitz, “users can easily control IoT device communication, ensure devices can only communicate with the appropriate resources, and then leverage analytics to prove and measure the outcome. We are the only vendor that can provide this level of granular visibility and control for wired and wireless IoT devices at the point of ingress.”

An optional ExtremeMobility AP3912 Wall Jack offers the same integrated defense as the Defender Adapter for both wired and wireless devices, but with the ability to support multiple devices in a single room.

Extreme Networks


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