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WatchGuard Expands Into Messaging and Content Security Markets

WatchGuard, Leader of Multifunction Firewall Appliances, Unveils Extensible Content Security (XCS) Platform to Provide Business E-mail, Web Content, Data Loss Prevention and Cloud-based Protection
  • 18 November, 2009 17:01

<p>Sydney – November 18, 2009 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today announced its foray into the messaging and content security markets with today’s launch of the new WatchGuard XCS (Extensible Content Security) platform. As a comprehensive platform for business e-mail and Web 2.0 content security, the WatchGuard XCS platform combines innovative cloud-based security, data loss prevention and advanced messaging security technologies into a single, easy to use appliance that defends businesses against phishing attacks, identity theft, viruses, malware, data loss, and other forms of network, application and data threats.</p>
<p>“Next generation threats are becoming more sophisticated and stealthy. Because of this, businesses today face unprecedented risk and exposure from e-mail and Web-related threats,” said Scott Robertson, Regional Director, ANZ, WatchGuard Technologies. “By combining WatchGuard’s state of the art multifunction firewall appliances with the new XCS line of messaging and content security solutions, businesses gain a complete, multifaceted and
multi-layered defense architecture that is highly effective, extremely efficient and easy to manage.”</p>
<p>According to market research, the estimated total addressable market for messaging and web content security is US$6.8 billion for 2010, and is expected to grow at 11.2 percent per year. Similar in size, the addressable market for WatchGuard’s current family of multifunction firewall and SSL VPN solutions is US$4.7 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 9.9 percent. With today’s launch of the WatchGuard XCS platform, WatchGuard nearly doubles its reach to an addressable market of US$11.5 billion, which is expected to hit US$15 billion by 2012.</p>
<p>Similarly, the growth of e-mail and Web-related threats is expected to increase exponentially. WatchGuard security analysts predict that messaging and web-based content threats will increase by a 3x factor in 2010. Contributing to this, WatchGuard security analysts predict that polymorphic viruses, botnets and blended threats will propagate in new ways, fueled by social networking, collaboration applications and other Web 2.0 venues.</p>
<p>“With the expected growth of new messaging and web-based threats, businesses should review and evaluate their security posture to make sure that they have capable, flexible and scalable protection against these new threats,” said Brian Burke, Program Director, Security Products, at IDC. “By embracing a holistic security architecture, businesses can reduce their risk and exposure to these new forms of threats.”</p>
<p>WatchGuard Extensible Content Security (XCS) – Comprehensive Protection for All Business Sizes</p>
<p>The WatchGuard XCS platform provides “defence-in-depth” protection by combining advanced e-mail inspection technologies with data loss prevention capabilities and IP reputation to combat spam, viruses, malware and other forms of blended threats. Designed to address a wide range of business needs, the WatchGuard XCS platform tackles e-mail security needs of small to medium sized businesses (up to 1,000 users) with the WatchGuard XCS 170, 370 and 570 series, and for mid-tier and enterprise organisations (10,000 or more users) that require advanced messaging and content protection, WatchGuard offers the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 and 1170 series of appliances.</p>
<p>All of these appliances share best in class quality detection for maximum coverage and accuracy, as well as rapid response capabilities for zero-day threat outbreaks, and automatic updates to protect against new forms of crimeware, spyware, rootkits, mobile malware and other malicious attacks.</p>
<p>Additionally, all of the WatchGuard XCS appliances can take advantage of WatchGuard’s revolutionary 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 business network. Given that spam e-mail is a major carrier of viruses, phishing attempts and blended threats, having ReputationAuthority pre-screen and eliminate this unwanted traffic makes business networks, applications and data better protected as part of WatchGuard’s defense-in-depth architecture.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The WatchGuard XCS appliances will be available from WatchGuard channel partners around the world within 30 days. For small to medium sized businesses, the WatchGuard XCS appliances start at $2,499 with no per user license fee limitation. The enterprise-grade XCS appliances range from $17,999 to $77,999. The appliances are distributed by Firewall Systems and WhiteGold Solutions. More information is available at</p>
<p>About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.</p>
<p>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</p>
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