With spam blocking becoming a checklist item for network managers, antispam companies are developing complementary features and turning to new ways to deliver their technology with hopes of distinguishing themselves in this heavily crowded market.
Hobbyist wireless LAN sniffers are now taking their war-driving skills to the air, detecting hundreds of WLAN access points during short trips in private planes cruising at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,500 feet. A Perth, Australia-based "war flier" recently managed to pick up e-mails and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) conversations from an altitude of 1,500 feet.
Organizations have high hopes for wireless commerce. Bob Egan, an analyst at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Group Inc., calls wireless "the growth hormone for e-commerce." But before wireless e-commerce or even wireless access to the corporate network takes off, organizations are going to have to nail down wireless security.