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.

Why Cloud-Based Multi-Factor Authentication is a Perfect Fit for VARs and MSSPs

The market for multi-factor authentication (MFA) technologies has been growing steadily as businesses and customers realize the weaknesses of relying on passwords alone. This technology used to be too expensive and burdensome to deploy to be cost-effective for mid-market businesses and the solution providers that serve them, but new cloud-managed MFA solutions are changing that dynamic. WatchGuard Director of Product Management Himanshu Verma recently wrote a guest article for Channel Vision Magazine explaining why cloud-based MFA is well-positioned to both meet customer security needs and present VARs and MSSPs with an opportunity for easy, scalable and profitable sales.

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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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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

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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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WPA and WPA2 Vulnerabilitie

On October 16, 2017, a statement from the International Consortium for Advancement of Cybersecurity on the Internet (ICASI) was released alerting the industry to a series of vulnerabilities for WPA and WPA2. These vulnerabilities affect a large number of wireless infrastructure devices and wireless clients, across many vendors. This security flaw means
that, for vulnerable clients and access points, WPA and WPA2-encrypted Wi-Fi traffic is no longer secure until certain steps are taken to remediate the issue. The Wi-Fi data stream,including passwords and personal data, can be intercepted, decrypted, and modified without a user’s knowledge. 

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