WatchGuard XTM 8 Series Honored by Network Products Guide at Interop

LAS VEGAS (Interop) – May 11, 2012 WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in business security solutions, today announced that Network Products Guide, industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, named the WatchGuard XTM 8 Series a winner of the 7th Annual 2012 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in the Security Hardware category. These industry and peer recognitions from Network Products Guide are the world’s premier information technology awards honoring achievements and recognitions in every facet of the IT industry.

“This award is another testament to the value that WatchGuard brings to our customers and channel partners,” said Eric Aarrestad, Vice President of Marketing at WatchGuard Technologies. “The WatchGuard XTM 8 Series provides state of the art multifunction network security – ideal for mid-market and enterprise organizations.”

WatchGuard XTM 8 Series – Virtualized Extensible Threat Management
Built for speed, the WatchGuard XTM 8 Series delivers 5Gbps firewall throughput, making it ideal for demanding networks of 1,000 or more users. With full security features activated, the XTM 8 Series achieves a faster-than-line-speed 1.2Gbps throughput, which represents a major leap forward for unified threat management appliances in delivering high security without compromising network performance.

Leveraging WatchGuard’s “defense-in-depth” firewall technology, which includes stateful packet inspection, deep packet inspection and WatchGuard’s proprietary proxy technology, the XTM 8 Series embodies the latest security technologies to protect business networks. With its built in application proxies, the WatchGuard XTM 8 Series natively stops a myriad of blended threats, fragmented and malformed packet attacks, spyware, malware, denial of service and many other types of threats and attacks.

The WatchGuard XTM 8 Series takes full advantage of the highly sophisticated WatchGuard operating system, Fireware XTM, which defends networks by utilizing innovative security features, including WatchGuard’s cloud-based Reputation Enabled Defense security service, Application Control, full HTTPS inspection, VoIP security, and IM and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) application blocking. With Fireware XTM, the WatchGuard XTM 8 Series integrates advanced networking capabilities, including clustering, load-balancing and other enterprise-class networking features. Additionally, the XTM 8 Series extends management capabilities by providing role-based access control (RBAC), centralized multi-box management and enhanced reporting functions.

About Network Products Guide Awards
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About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
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, visitwww.watchguard.com.

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