WatchGuard adding SSL VPN to Firebox

New WatchGuard software feature is part of a 10.0 release of the operating systems for its Firebox Edge, Peak and Core devices

WatchGuard is adding SSL VPN capabilities to its Firebox line of multi-function security devices, turning them into remote access gateways for devices that don't have IPSec clients.

The new feature is part of a 10.0 release of the operating systems for its Firebox Edge, Peak and Core devices that also includes VPN support for Windows Mobile devices. The software supports Session Initiation Protocol and H.323 as well, protocols necessary for VoIP and videoconferencing traffic through the devices.

WatchGuard competes against other unified threat management (UTM) vendors including Astaro, Check Point, Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper and SonicWall.

The new WatchGuard software versions includes spam blocking supplemented by a subscription service supported by Commtouch that relies on sensors placed around the Internet to detect spam outbreaks and head them off.

If the WatchGuard software detects spam it drops it. The software also proxies e-mails, sends a hash of their attachments to a Commtouch server, which determines if the attachments are malicious and if so the proxy strips them off.

With the new software release, WatchGuard has shifted from SNORT for intrusion prevention to IPS provided by Endeavor Security because its software screens using a larger set of malware signatures.

WatchGuard's software upgrade adds more categories to its URL blocking software, upping the number from 40 to 54 to narrow the number of categories of sites that companies can prevent employees from reaching. This includes Secure-HTTP traffic. The URL database, which can be accessed from a WatchGuard Web server, can also now be stored locally on WatchGuard Firebox Edge security devices.

On the management side, WatchGuard has upgraded its reporting engine from a flat file structure to an SQL database that can be analyzed by third-party tools.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Greene

Network World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?