Harris Corporation Researcher Discusses New Interoperable Visualization and Geolocation Standard at Black Hat 2011

Top Quote Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) researcher Jonathan Ellch recently presented a new geolocation standard that simplifies the process of locating and mapping wireless networks by allowing data captured by multiple tools to be shared. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 20, 2011 - The presentation, titled "PPI-Geolocation: The Next Generation of 802.11 Visualization and Geolocation," took place during the recent Black Hat technical security conference in Las Vegas. 802.11 refers to the set of industry standards related to wireless local area networking.

    The new Harris standard builds upon the wireless networking industry's Per-Packet Information (PPI) specification to provide a universal standard for storing GPS, antenna, and rotational information in a packet-capture (PCAP) format. This capability enables users to create interoperable network geo-location and visualization solutions for applications in cyber security and local area networking, as well as for mapping elements of a wireless network - such as access points and coverage - on a campus.

    "The new specification developed by Mr. Ellch leverages Harris' leadership in cyber and advances the state-of-the-art in 802.11 geolocation utilities by creating a common format that enables interoperability across a variety of tools," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "It enables the de-coupling of packet visualization and analysis information from the platforms through which they are collected so that the data can be shared among different applications."

    A software development kit (SDK) will accompany the specification when it is released, enabling other vendors to easily integrate the standard into their own applications. Harris has provided similar support for other industry standard tools, including Wireshark.

    About the Presenter
    Ellch is the author of the book "Hacking Exposed: Wireless," currently in its 2nd edition. He also has released a number of papers related to 802.11 security and created many wireless tools. He is a frequent speaker at security conferences, including Black Hat, BlueHat and ToorCon. Ellch received a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006. His thesis work on fingerprinting 802.11 device drivers won the Gary Kildall award for the most innovative computer science thesis.

    A copy of the Black Hat presentation, as well as all the supporting material, is available at: http://www.govcomm.harris.com/solutions/products/csp-white-papers.asp

    About Harris Corporation
    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

    Contact Information:

    Sleighton Meyer
    Harris Government Communications Systems
    sleighton.meyer ( @ ) harris dot com

    Marc Raimondi
    Harris Corporation - Washington, DC
    marc.raimondi ( @ ) harris dot com

    Jim Burke
    Harris Corporation
    jim.burke ( @ ) harris dot com

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