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WatchGuard XTM 505 Takes Top Honors from SC Magazine

In Group UTM Test, WatchGuard XTM 505 Gets 5-Star Review and Coveted "Best Buy" Award

SEATTLE – April 29, 2011. WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today announced that the WatchGuard XTM 505 received top honors from SC Magazine, the leading IT security authority. The WatchGuard XTM 505 received 5-stars in all the review categories: Features, Ease of Use, Performance, Documentation, Support, Value for Money, and Overall Rating. Additionally, SC Magazine gave the WatchGuard XTM 505 their prized SC Magazine "Best Buy" award in this group test of UTM (Unified Threat Management) security appliances.

"The WatchGuard XTM 505 exemplifies what WatchGuard does best – integration of superior security technologies that is easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to own," said Eric Aarrestad, Vice President of Marketing at WatchGuard Technologies. "As evidenced by this award, the XTM 505 is the 'best buy' choice for mid-sized organizations that want state of the art protection against intruders, viruses, malware and more."

In summary, SC Magazine reports:

  • Strengths: Full feature set with a solid, out-of-the-box configuration.
  • Weaknesses: None that we found.
  • Verdict: We loved this one. This month it gets our Best Buy.

WatchGuard XTM 505 – Comprehensive Protection with Firewall, Application Control, Web Filtering, Anti-Spam and More!
WatchGuard XTM 505 appliances deliver a new class of performance-driven security for growing businesses. The XTM 505 provides 850 Mbps firewall throughput and security features including: "defense-in-depth" firewall functionality with deep packet and stateful packet inspection, coupled with proxy firewalling, intrusion prevention (IPS), full HTTPS inspection, VoIP protection, web-filtering, anti-spam, anti-virus, Reputation Enabled Defense, and optional Application Control.

Additionally, businesses with remote and mobile workers can utilize the XTM 505's built in SSL VPN capabilities. By simply dragging and dropping, anyone can set up highly secure VPN tunnels in a matter of minutes.

With the optional WatchGuard Application Control, businesses gain in-depth, granular control over Web 2.0 applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and hundreds more. Not only does WatchGuard Application Control protect against the next generation of threats that leverage these popular applications, now businesses can rein in how individual employees use such applications, directly from the corporate firewall.

By leveraging more than 2,500 unique application signatures, WatchGuard Application Control enables the firewall to identify and control more than 1,800 applications. This level of control gives businesses new found freedom to align business needs with IT and security policies. With it, businesses gain greater efficiencies and improved productivity, and administrators gain unprecedented visibility and control over the applications traversing their networks.

Lastly, the XTM 505 takes advantage of WatchGuard's cloud-based security service, Reputation Enabled Defense. With Reputation Enabled Defense businesses and their employees gain an additional layer of protection against viruses, malware, spyware, keyloggers, botnets and other web-based threats, in addition to faster, more productive web surfing experiences.

The full SC Magazine Review of the WatchGuard XTM 505 is available at: Product information about the XTM 505 is available at:

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, visit

WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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