WatchGuard Earns Recommended Rating from NSS for High-Security Efficacy and Low Total Cost of Ownership

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For the third consecutive year, WatchGuard has achieved a “Recommended Rating” in the NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Group Test. In the new report for 2019, WatchGuard earned high-security effectiveness and low total cost of ownership and is one of the only two products to block 100% of evasions.

All WatchGuard Firebox appliances in the UTM and NGFW family run the same Fireware operating system and security services and thus benefit from the same efficacy, stability, performance and total cost of ownership strengths. Engineered for midsize and distributed enterprises that are struggling to effectively and affordably secure networks in the face of explosive bandwidth rates, encryption traffic, video use, and connection speeds, WatchGuard delivers total protection and visibility that is easy-to-deploy and manage.

Download the complete report now to see why WatchGuard is rated with the highest combination of security efficacy and total cost of ownership.

New Release Fireware 12.5 Availability for Download

Fireware 12.5 – General Availability
We are pleased to announce that Fireware 12.5 and the corresponding WSM 12.5 software are now Generally Available (GA) for download from the WatchGuard software download center. The Release Notes provide full details on enhancements and resolved issues. With each new feature release, we also provide a What’s New presentation and webinar recording that provide a comprehensive explanation of the new capabilities. Here are some of the key highlights: 

  • Access Portal has been updated to provide reverse proxy support for internally hosted applications, including common Microsoft services like Outlook Web Access and Exchange. This capability provides VPN access without requiring a client, and a convenient single sign-on portal that can provide an additional layer of multi-factor authentication. 
  • The password override feature in web blocker is now integrated with Active Directory, allowing users to use their existing credentials when web pages are blocked. 
  • The Warn page in Web blocker is now customizable so admins can generate messages that are specific to their organization.

Does this release pertain to me?
Fireware 12.5 is available for all Firebox T and Firebox M appliances. The Access Portal service is only available on Firebox M appliances. 

Software Download Center
Firebox appliance owners with active support subscriptions can obtain the Fireware 12.5 update without additional charge by downloading the applicable packages from the WatchGuard software download center. 

Contact
For Sales or Support questions, you can find us online. If you need WatchGuard Technical Support, please feel free to contact support.

WatchGuard’s Wi-Fi security outperforms competition

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Assessing the Security Capabilities of Top Wi-fi Solutions

According to new research from Miercom, a leading, independent product test center, WatchGuard’s cloud-managed secure Wi-Fi solution is the only product on the market capable of automatically detecting and preventing every type of Wi-Fi security threat. These findings came from a new independent security assessment that examined four top Wi-Fi products for their ability to effectively prevent the six major Wi-Fi security threats: rogue access points, rogue clients, neighboring APs, ad-hoc networks, evil twin APs (those with spoofed SSIDs), and misconfigured APs. This is the first Miercom assessment to analyze Wi-Fi products from a security perspective, illuminating significant issues with the built-in security of many wireless APs.

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Secure email with DMARC and SPF

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More and more companies are seeing attempts by outsiders to send phishing or spam mails via their domain name, damaging faith in the company and the company’s brand. False emails are an easy way to steal passwords and credit card details and gain access to user accounts. This is a growing problem for companies, impairing credibility and hindering communication by email.

Make sure the mail your company send is secure by impementing some small validation checks like DMARC and SPF. Both of these options are  very easy to implement with a DNS entry.

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Wi-Fi is Easy. Secure Wi-Fi is the Challenge.

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WiFi doesn’t give you a competitive advantage, it offers you a chance to compete. With benefits ranging from increased productivity to improved customer satisfaction, implementing a wireless network for your employees and guests has become the table stakes of doing business, but implementing the wrong technology puts your corporate data, customer privacy, and reputation at risk.
Robinson Distribution offers a complete portfolio of wireless solutions that lead the industry in security, visibility, and ease of management.

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WatchGuard Launches AuthPoint, Multi-Factor Authentication for Small and Midsize Businesses

New survey reveals that 61 percent of SMBs believe MFA solutions are only accessible for enterprises; WatchGuard’s new cloud-enabled AuthPoint solution delivers easy-to-manage, cost-friendly multi-factor authentication to SMBs

SEATTLE – WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today unveiled AuthPoint – a cloud-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). MFA has always been out of reach for SMBs due to cost, complexity and management issues, until now. In fact, according to a new survey of IT managers and professionals conducted by independent market research firm CITE Research, 61 percent of respondents from companies with under 1,000 employees believe MFA services are reserved for large enterprises. WatchGuard’s AuthPoint addresses these authentication concerns by eliminating the complex integration processes, considerable up-front expenses, and burdensome on-premises management requirements.

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OpenDNS Umbrella Alternatives for Web Filtering

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In general terms, WebTitan is a direct swap out technically for OpenDNS/Umbrella. They are both DNS filters and based on the same core principles.  OpenDNS Umbrella has evolved from a free service to a paid for service that has recently been acquired by the tech giant Cisco. Over the last 36 months, many Cisco OpenDNS Umbrella customers have already switched to WebTitan.

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