WatchGuard Processes Traffic 82% Faster than Competitors

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New WatchGuard Firebox M270 Processes Traffic up to 82% Faster than Competitors

Independent testing from Miercom confirms that WatchGuard’s new Firebox M270 is the industry’s fastest entry-level rack-mounted appliance when running all security services.

SEATTLE, WASH – Aug 2, 2018 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced the Firebox® M270 Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance. The M270 replaces the M200 as WatchGuard’s smallest rack-mounted Firebox. New Intel Atom processors with QuickAssist Technology (QAT) give the M270 significant performance, which enables it to run all the security services offered in WatchGuard’s Total Security Suite. This includes the new IntelligentAV AI-based antivirus service just released in Fireware® version 12.2, as well as DNSWatch and Access Portal, which were introduced in the last year. According to independent testing by Miercom, the M270 becomes the industry’s fastest entry-level rack-mounted appliance when running full UTM services, outperforming competitive products by up to 82%.

“Organisations of all sizes need enterprise-grade security solutions like the M270 capable of processing the ever-rising tide of encrypted HTTPS traffic with industry-leading throughput,” said Brendan Patterson, vice president of product management at WatchGuard Technologies. “With 58% of data breach victims in 2017 classified as small businesses by the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, security is as much of a business imperative for small and midsize organisations as it is for larger enterprises. The M270 offers the protection of the most advanced security services for our customers, no matter their size.”

Like all WatchGuard appliances, the M270 comes with WatchGuard Dimension, which provides a suite of big data visibility and reporting tools that instantly identify and distill key network security threats, issues and trends so you can take immediate preventive or corrective action. Predefined reports for HIPAA and PCI compliance are included.

VALIDATED BY MIERCOM:

The M270 was confirmed by Miercom, a leading independent network testing and certification lab, to be the fastest entry-level rack-mounted appliance when running full UTM services for both encrypted and unencrypted traffic, allowing users to rest easy knowing they won’t need to choose between network speed and enterprise-grade security. When identifying competitive equipment for this report, Miercom selected rack-mount appliances that were closest in price (MSRP) to the Firebox M270, but due to lack of strong competition, in many cases this required choosing a model that was a closer equivalent price to the WatchGuard Firebox M370.

· The M270 offered the highest throughput of unencrypted traffic with all UTM services enabled at 1.2 Gbps, outperforming competitive products by at least 28%.

· The M270 offered the fastest inspection of encrypted traffic with full UTM services enabled, outperforming the closest competitive product by 11% and farthest by 82%.

PRODUCT DETAILS:

· Intel 4 core Atom processor with QuickAssist Technology

· 4 Gb RAM Memory

· 8 1 Gb Ethernet ports

· Runs the newly-released Fireware OS version 12.2

· Appropriate for networks with up to 60 users

The Firebox M270 is available now. Find more information on the M270 here: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-products/rack-mount/firebox-m270-m370

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

· Miercom Report: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-resource-center/miercom-high-performance-verification-report-m270

· Firebox M270 Web page

· Firebox M270 Datasheet

 

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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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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UTM vs NGFW

After receiving so many requests to explain the difference between a UTM (Unified Threat Management) and NGFW (Next Generation Firewall), I came across a great video that explains it in detail and decided we should shed some light on it and help customers and partner to better understand the difference.

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