WatchGuard Launches New Family Of E-mail Security Appliances For SMBs

WatchGuard XCS appliances provide advanced protection against spam, viruses, spyware and malware

November 19, 2009

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NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- (Interop) -- WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today launched a new family of extensible content security solutions specifically designed for small to medium sized businesses. These new appliances fall under the umbrella of the WatchGuard XCS platform and provide advanced protection against spam, viruses, spyware and malware, as well as reliable, always-on e-mail security and full featured centralized management and reporting.

"Small to medium sized businesses stand at the crossroads of being the most at risk to an e-mail based threat, and yet, the most challenged to have state of the art e-mail and spam protection," said Bryan Nairn, Senior Product Manager at WatchGuard Technologies. "Until now, these businesses had few options for spam and malware protection. With WatchGuard, they can have a no compromise, fully featured messaging protection solution at an affordable price point."

The WatchGuard family of XCS appliances for SMBs consists of the WatchGuard XCS 170, the XCS 370 and the high-performance XCS 570 series. All of these appliances come complete with the WatchGuard e-mail security suite, which provides advanced protection against spam, phishing, viruses, malware and other forms of e-mail based threats. Additionally, they all sport advanced management and reporting capabilities, which include archiving, on-box reporting, messaging logs, customizable granular policies and reports, TLS encryption and message redundancy.

Furthermore, these WatchGuard XCS appliances can take advantage of WatchGuard's innovative in-the-cloud security technology, ReputationAuthority. With 99.99 percent accuracy, ReputationAuthority eliminates up to 98.3 percent of spam e-mail before it ever gets to a small business network by use of DNS blacklists, IP traffic volume, behavior analysis and content inspection. Given that spam e-mail is a major carrier of viruses, phishing and blended threats, having ReputationAuthority pre-screen and eliminate this unwanted traffic makes networks, applications and data better protected as part of WatchGuard's defense-in-depth architecture.

For larger businesses with up to 1,000 users, WatchGuard offers the XCS 570 appliance, which provides advanced messaging security for businesses that truly require enterprise-grade protection. For these customers, the WatchGuard XCS 570 provides bi-directional protection from internal and external threats, as well as data loss prevention to keep confidential information from escaping out of organization e-mail boundaries. To keep mail from ever being lost due to failures or other events, the XCS 570 provides queue replication, a first for a product at this price point. As well, the XCS 570 includes compliance dictionaries, content filtering, outbound attachment control and scanning, outbound content scanning, optional third-party e-mail encryption, e-profiling, instant-on data loss prevention, and clustering - all making the XCS 570 an unbeatable solution for small to mid-sized organizations.

Pricing and Availability

The WatchGuard XCS series of appliances will be available worldwide from WatchGuard channel partners within 30 days. The WatchGuard XCS 170 starts at $2,475, the WatchGuard XCS 370 is $5,500 and the WatchGuard XCS 570 is $8,500; all have no per user license fees. More information is available at

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Since 1996, WatchGuard½ 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 LiveSecurity½ 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

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