For many years, cyber security has focused on software solutions, both to prevent intrusions and to repair them. Passwords, for example, have long been the most common form of cyber security. Software based anti-malware, anti-spyware, and antivirus systems have become ubiquitous. These solutions, however, are considered by many to be bulky and inconvenient, to say nothing of inefficient and in many cases ineffective.
That’s why many users—and companies—are turning to hardware solutions. Hardware cyber security solutions can be simpler and more effective than their software based counterparts. They can also offer greater protection in that they are simply always there—they’re not required to start and run in the background after the device boots, for example.
Furthermore, software based solutions can be vulnerable to interference from the very threats they defend against. If malware or a virus infiltrate a device, they may be able to circumvent a software solution simply by causing issues with how the device itself functions. Hardware cyber security solutions, on the other hand, can work independently of a device, protecting it even during an attack.
Types of hardware based cyber security solutions
Some of the hardware based cyber security solutions that are gaining enormous traction in enterprises are AirMagnet’s WIP (Wireless Intrusion Prevention) and WID (Wireless Intrusion Detection) solution. This hardware solution is used to monitor wifi and cellular traffic, alerting the users to any atypical behaviour on the network. Ideally, AirMagnet can be an early alert system—it can identify threats prior to their causing lasting damage.
The AirMagnet system is always on, providing organisations with network protection and monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are other applications for this technology as well, like enforcing no-wireless zones in a facility, and providing tools for remote network troubleshooting.
Choosing the right hardware solution
It’s important to choose a hardware solution that makes sense for your organisation. When looking for a hardware cyber security solution, there are several questions you should be asking. First, understand your company’s specific cyber security needs, and whether or not this solution meets them. Determine the amount of support the solution has, including updates. Cyber security threats are constantly evolving, and any solution—hardware or software—should receive comprehensive support to ensure it’s up to date. Finally, know your company’s regulatory needs in terms of security, and be certain that your security solutions meet or exceed those regulations.