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Press Release: Kontron’s AirDefense counters cabin wi-fi security threats

Kontron, a leading global provider of Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), today announced the launch of Extreme’s AirDefense® advanced wireless security software package, specifically targeted towards the aviation market. The AirDefense software runs in conjunction with the Kontron Cab-n-Connect™ A100 cabin wireless access point (CWAP), which received FAA PMA flight approval in September 2016. The A100 CWAP is a state-of-the-art device, which supports the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and delivers next-generation HD video streaming to high-density cabin environments. Kontron’s partner for the Extreme AirDefense software is Extreme Networks, Inc., who is a leader in end-to-end software-driven networking and security solutions.

Security threats to devices using airline cabin Wi-Fi include client-to-client data theft, client-to-server data theft, unauthorized 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 an industry 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 4 – 6, 2017 in the Kontron Booth #D50, Hall B2.

For more information on Kontron’s complete portfolio of commercial avionics IFE&C solutions, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/industries/avionics

About Kontron

Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology and a pioneer in secure IoT platform solutions, provides a combined portfolio of hardware, middleware and services. With its leading-edge standard products and solution ready platforms, Kontron enables new technologies and applications across multiple industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best overall application with the highest reliability in embedded technology. Kontron is a listed company. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on other exchanges under the symbol “KBC”. For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com

About Extreme Networks:

Extreme Networks, Inc. delivers software-driven networking solutions that help IT departments everywhere deliver the ultimate business outcome: stronger connections with customers, partners and employees. Wired to wireless, desktop to data center, on premise or through the cloud, we go to extreme measures for our customers in more than 80 countries, delivering 100% insourced call-in technical support to organizations large and small, including some of the world’s leading names in business, hospitality, retail, transportation and logistics, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing. Founded in 1996, Extreme is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, visit Extreme’s website http://www.extremenetworks.com

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