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WatchGuard Wins Network Products Guide 2009 Best Products and Services Award for Best Security Solution for Education

WatchGuard Firebox X Peak 8500e Provides Unparalleled Security for Schools and Universities

LAS VEGAS (Interop) – May 19, 2009. WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in extensible network security and connectivity solutions, today announced today that Network Products Guide, the industry's leading publication on information technologies and solutions, has named the WatchGuard Firebox X Peak 8500e as the winner of the 2009 Best Products and Services Award – "Best Security Solution for Education." This respected annual award honors products and services that represent the rapidly changing needs and interests of the end-users of technology worldwide. As part of the tech-industry's leading global awards program, this year's Best Products and Services were nominated from all over the world.

"The education market has unique security needs for hardened protection, high performance and flexible management – all at extremely competitive price points," said Tim Helming, director of product management at WatchGuard Technologies. "WatchGuard is pleased to win yet another award for its security solutions for the education market. Clearly, WatchGuard delivers the requisite security that schools and universities need in today's networked world."

"Increased end-user awareness and ongoing advances in technology are helping shape better products and services," says Rake Narang, editor-n-chief, Network Products Guide. "For the education market, the WatchGuard Firebox X Peak 8500e brings improvements in network security, performance, flexibility, ease of management and total cost of ownership."

WatchGuard – Providing Extensible Security to Education
From K-12 through higher education, there are consistent themes in network security that are of universal concern – connectivity, protection from malware, protection from harmful content, and increasingly the collection of forensic data.

At the K-12 and library level, there is an additional incentive driving network security. For schools and libraries to be eligible for the Federal Communications Commission Universal Service Fund (commonly known as "E-Rate"), the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that they adopt an Internet safety policy and employ protections that block or filter visual depictions deemed obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors.

Extensible threat management (XTM) security solutions from WatchGuard, including the Firebox X Peak 8500e, aggregate multiple security measures into a single, easily configurable solution. Schools and libraries can choose from a rich portfolio of devices, which can be deployed everywhere from individual schools to district or state data centers, to protect students and confidential school data while delivering rich management, real-time monitoring, and information-packed logging and reporting.

WatchGuard offers an online knowledge base, including a series of case studies and information resources that demonstrate how schools utilize WatchGuard UTM solutions in maintaining high security. Details about WatchGuard security solutions for both K-12 and higher education are available at: http://www.watchguard.com/products/industrysolutions/education.asp

About Network Products Guide Awards
Network Products Guide is a media sponsor of Interop Las Vegas and New York and Technosium Executive Forums engaging Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs). As industry's leading technology research and advisory publication, it plays a vital role in keeping decision makers and end-users informed of the choices they can make in all areas of information technology. You will discover a wealth of information and tools in this guide including the best products and services, roadmaps, industry directions, technology advancements and independent product evaluations that facilitate in making the most pertinent technology decisions impacting business and personal goals. The guide follows conscientious research methodologies developed and enhanced by industry experts. To learn more, visit www.networkproductsguide.com

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
Since 1996, WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. has been the advanced technology leader of network security solutions, providing mission-critical security to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances and WatchGuard SSL VPN remote access solutions provide extensible network security, 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 www.watchguard.com.

WatchGuard, Firebox and LiveSecurity are registered trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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