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WatchGuard Ships Next-Generation Firewall For Enterprises

WatchGuard XTM 2050 supports multigigabit packet filtering throughput

SEATTLE, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WatchGuard' Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today announced that it is now shipping its most powerful security appliance, the WatchGuard XTM 2050, a next-generation firewall (NGFW) that provides enterprise-class security for large enterprises and data centers that require high-performance firewall, application control and intrusion prevention system (IPS) to protect against data theft, malware and security breaches.

"The WatchGuard XTM 2050 offers unparalleled performance, security and management controls that make it an ideal solution for enterprises and MSSPs," said Roger Klorese, Director of Product Management at WatchGuard Technologies. "With this next-generation firewall, businesses gain new found abilities to enforce granular policies, which includes having the ability to harness and control social media and web-based applications on a per user basis."

The WatchGuard XTM 2050 provides true line-speed security inspection on all traffic, supports multi-gigabit packet filtering throughput and provides application control. It connects offices via unique Drag and Drop VPN; connects people via SSL and IPSec VPN; and gives the enterprise unparalleled visibility into real-time and historical user, network and security activities.

Key Features and Specifications:

-- 20 Gbps firewall, and up to 10Gbps full content inspection -- High port density with 16 1GB copper ports and 2 10 GB SFP+ Fiber ports -- Port Independence: any port can be External, Trusted, or DMZ -- Redundant hot-swap power supplies, fans, storage, and NICs -- High Availability (active/passive and active/active) -- WAN and VPN failover -- Application Control for over 1,800 applications -- Integration with Active Directory, LDAP, RADIUS, and other authentication sources for user-based firewalling -- New and powerful management, reporting, monitoring, logging capabilities -- IPSec site to site and remote user VPN -- SSL remote user VPN -- Advanced VoIP and HTTPS security -- Extensive traffic shaping, QoS and bandwidth control -- Secure connectivity for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices -- IPv6 Ready Gold Logo Certified (Routing) Integrated Fine-Grained Application Control

The web is the primary source of security threats to organizations today, and web applications are often the main focus of attackers. Hackers find it convenient and effective to use social networks as a launch pad for social engineering attacks against employees in an organization. Given that web traffic and web applications are the source of so many security risks, IT administrators can cut down the potential threat vectors by limiting their users to only those applications that are necessary for business purposes.

WatchGuard Application Control capabilities empower administrators to exercise fine-grained control over 1,800 applications, and understand which applications are being used and by whom. Administrators can enforce acceptable use policies for users and groups by category, application, and application sub-functions.

Integrated Intrusion Prevention

Malicious activity can run amok on corporate networks if both network traffic and/or systems activities are not monitored. IPS works in tandem with the application layer content inspection to provide real-time protection against network threats, including spyware, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and buffer overflows. IPS scans traffic on all major protocols, using continually updated signatures to detect and block all types of threats.

Pricing & Availability

The WatchGuard XTM 2050 starts at $39,995 and is available now from WatchGuard certified Expert and Professional partners.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Since 1996, WatchGuard' Technologies, Inc. has been the advanced technology leader of business security solutions, providing mission-critical protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances, messaging, content security and SSL VPN remote access solutions provide extensible network, application and data protection, as well as unparalleled network visibility, management and control. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity' Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle and has offices serving North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit http://www.watchguard.com/.

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