Motorola has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire
privately held AirDefense, a leading wireless LAN (WLAN) security provider.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
AirDefense is a privately-held developer of Wireless Intrusion Prevention
Solutions (WIPS) and premium software applications, which enable
corporations to secure their networks against wireless security threats and
comply with regulatory and industry standards. AirDefense has been an
innovator and a leader in the industry since its inception in 2001,
including the introduction of the first 24×7 Monitoring and Wireless
Intrusion Detection System, the first use of access points as sensors and a
host of add-on modules that address customer specific security problems and
RF troubleshooting needs.
In addition, AirDefense enables secure multi-vendor environments, which
allows organizations to benefit from AirDefense's solutions regardless of
their WLAN infrastructure.
"As wireless security remains a leading concern for enterprises, we are
excited to announce this transaction with AirDefense, which enables Motorola
to deliver a common platform solution for greater indoor and outdoor
protection to wireless LAN networks in support of our all-wireless
enterprise vision," says Kathy Paladino, president of Motorola's Enterprise
"AirDefense is a renowned pioneer in wireless security with strong
intellectual capital. Based on our trusted and valuable partnership through
the years, we are confident that the combination of Motorola's WLAN
infrastructure and AirDefense's best-of-breed features will further enhance
our network security offerings and better secure our customers' networks."
Mike Potts, president and chief executive officer of AirDefense, says:
"AirDefense complements Motorola's Enterprise business and Motorola is the
ideal partner to help us take our wireless LAN security products and
services to the next level. We look forward to working with Motorola's
talented professionals and utilizing the strengths of a global industry
leader to achieve even greater success."
Upon completion of the transaction, AirDefense will become a wholly owned
subsidiary of Motorola and will be integrated into Motorola's Enterprise
Mobility business. Motorola intends to maintain AirDefense's Alpharetta,
Georgia headquarters, which will be an integral component of Motorola's WLAN
operations. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and other
customary conditions, is expected to close in the next few months.