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WatchGuard Creates Self-Configuring UTM Security Appliance

RapidDeploy eliminates need for IT security professionals to preconfigure devices or travel to site for installation

22 October 2012 - WatchGuard® Technologies announced today that it is the first UTM security appliance vendor to offer a firewall that configures itself. The company is adding a new cloud-based configuration utility - RapidDeploy - that eliminates the need for IT security professionals to pre-configure devices or travel to the site for installation. This is anticipated to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) on WatchGuard devices.

With RapidDeploy, no IT or network security expertise is needed on-site to securely install and deploy a WatchGuard appliance. Rather than requiring manual provisioning of the device in advance, IT staff or security service providers create and store configuration data in the cloud – public or private – and have the appliance directly shipped to its destination. Once it arrives and is plugged into a power source, it effectively deploys itself by automatically 'phoning home' to the cloud for secure download of its configuration settings.

"With RapidDeploy, we're taking the delay out of the deployment process," said Roger Klorese, Director of Product Management at WatchGuard Technologies. "It's secure, it's fast, it automates basic configuration tasks, and makes remote or branch office deployment virtually hands free. This is the first step in delivering a secure and comprehensive cloud-based management solution, and one that provides an immediate benefit to our partners and their customers. Our customers in distributed enterprise environments and MSSP partners now have more dynamic configuration tools and even greater manageability of their WatchGuard devices deployed across multiple locations and geographies."

"The NCR Network and Security Services (NSS) team is excited about using WatchGuard's rapid deployment technology as part of our Site Shield service," said WatchGuard customer Lenny Zeltser, Director of Product Management at NCR. "Installing and configuring firewall devices in this manner will strengthen our ability to deploy NSS quickly and cost-effectively."

RapidDeploy will be available in future WatchGuard Fireware XTM releases as well as an upgrade at no additional charge for customers with current WatchGuard LiveSecurity support and maintenance service. RapidDeploy will be widely available in the second half of Q4 2012.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Since 1996, WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. has been a global leader of business security solutions that solve real world security problems. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of threat management devices provides network, application and data protection, with unparalleled levels of manageability, usability, and visibility. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit www.watchguard.com.

WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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Natasja de Groot, WatchGuard Technologies

+31- 70 711 2085

[email protected]

Allie Andrews, PRPR

+44 (0)1442 245030

[email protected]

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