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WatchGuard unveils firewall solutions for mid-size enterprises

WatchGuard Technologies announced new firewall and
unified threat management (UTM) appliances for mid-size and distributed
enterprises, which are struggling to effectively and affordably secure networks
in the face of explosive growth in bandwidth rates, connection speeds and
encrypted traffic. The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 appliances, based on
the Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors, are claimed to be up to 61

WatchGuard Technologies announced new firewall and
unified threat management (UTM) appliances for mid-size and distributed
enterprises, which are struggling to effectively and affordably secure networks
in the face of explosive growth in bandwidth rates, connection speeds and
encrypted traffic. The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 appliances, based on
the Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors, are claimed to be up to 61
percent faster than competing solutions with all layers of the company’s award
winning defense-in-depth solutions turned on , and up to149 percent faster
performing HTTPS inspection, ensuring enterprises never have to compromise
network security for performance.

Recent industry reports focus on the rise of
encrypted traffic and the importance of addressing threats within those
encrypted streams. According to a Gartner report entitled Security Leaders Must
Address Threats from Rising SSL Traffic: “With more and more encrypted
traffic, this trend is likely to expand rapidly. Gartner believes that, in
2017, more than half of the network attacks targeting enterprises will use
encrypted traffic to bypass controls, up from less than five percent today.

“The demands facing mid-size and distributed
enterprise networks in India are the same as those faced by large enterprise
networks just a few years ago,” said Scott Robertson, Vice President APAC
& Japan for WatchGuard Technologies. “With the growth in encrypted
traffic, combined with Internet traffic increasing at 21 percent  and connection speeds climbing at 42 percent
, businesses are demanding firewalls that can keep pace. Our customers do not
want to be forced to choose between protecting their networks and ensuring
their end-users have the performance needed to do their jobs and with our new
Firebox solutions, they don’t have to.”

All WatchGuard NGFW and UTM appliances run on
WatchGuard’s Fireware OS, which is built on the latest Intel® Pentium™ and Intel®
Celeron™ Processors, allowing WatchGuard’s firewall performance to continually
scale. “Intel’s processors give our firewall solutions the power needed to
run all of their engines in parallel without causing a bottleneck in
performance. Plus, it gives us ‘head room’ to add future engines as security
trends demand,” added Robertson. “Our operating system is uniquely
architected for speed.”

The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 also
provide the flexibility of two SFP (small form-factor pluggable) ports that can
feature either 1 Gb copper or 1 Gb fiber connections, ensuring that firewalls
can adapt to end-user environments. SFP transceivers are available as optional
accessories. Both models feature the WatchGuard Fireware OS, v.11.9.4. This
software version includes new features to simplify deep inspection of HTTPS
traffic, allowing users to include names instead of numbers in their policy
definitions.

 

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