Wireless Network Security Review: CACE Pilot
In this comprehensive review, CACE Pilot, which cuts large-volume traffic captures into smaller data sets for easier evaluation through visualization, drill-down and reporting, is tested on wireless networks and LANs. It works in conjunction with the open source protocol analyzer Wireshark. Protocol analyzers are often used to capture, decode, and evaluate traffic flows and packets for network debugging, troubleshooting, and optimization. But did you know that a protocol analyzer can also be indispensable for security incident investigation? Perhaps the best-known open source protocol analyzer is Wireshark (nee Ethereal), capable of decoding scads of protocols, captured from wired or wireless networks using nearly any laptop, desktop, or dedicated "shark appliance." Wireshark is freely-available and community-supported by plug-ins (dissectors) for new protocols. But, even though Wireshark is free and flexible, there are times when it could use an assist -- or as CACE Technologies might put it, a pilot to guide this large, complex "fish" through a narrow passage. That's the purpose of CACE Pilot ($1295), a product that cuts large-volume traffic captures down to size through visualization, drill-down, reporting, and more -- eventually kicking off Wireshark when and if necessary to complete a task.