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New Enterprise Messaging and Content Security Solutions Unveiled by WatchGuard

WatchGuard Extensible Content Security (XCS) Solutions Provide Unified Messaging Security with Data Loss Prevention, Cloud-based Layered Security and Web Content Protection and Control

NEW YORK (Interop) – November 17, 2009. WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today launched a new series of high performance messaging and content security appliances built specifically for mid-tier and enterprise environments that require unparalleled inbound and outbound messaging security and comprehensive web content control for unified network, application and data protection.

"Enterprise organizations face a myriad of security challenges due to the ever increasing threat landscape and deluge of new and complex regulatory and compliance requirements," said Eric Aarrestad, Vice President of Marketing at WatchGuard Technologies. "With WatchGuard XCS solutions in place, enterprises gain a fail-safe, defense-in-depth platform that provides unified and holistic messaging and content security that protects against next generation threats, as well as provides an easy to use yet extremely powerful foundation for message and web content management and control."

Designed and optimized for networks with 1,000 to 10,000 or more users, the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 and 1170 series of appliances offer unparalleled performance, efficacy and reliability. Leveraging an advanced anti-spam engine that examines sender information and content, including images, attachments and embedded URLs, these appliances can conduct contextual analysis of message traffic for a categorized and weighted score, which results in highly intelligent and accurate protection.

For additional control, administrators will appreciate the built in quarantine for spam and suspect e-mails, which directs unwanted messages to a local quarantine server, allowing end users to manage their quarantined messages, safe lists and block lists from an easy to use web-based interface.

Addressing the ever growing threat of blended threats and malware, the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 and 1170 series provide zero-hour threat outbreak response as well as advanced content filtering and malware protection, which scans inbound as well as outbound e-mails for malicious content.

Given that mid-tier and enterprise organizations face a litany of regulatory and compliance requirements, the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 and 1170 all include sophisticated data loss prevention features, such as transparent remediation to automatically block, quarantine, re-route, blind copy, encrypt or allow messages based on configurable policies, as well as pre-defined compliance dictionaries for GLB, HIPAA, PCI DSS and others to make administration as easy as possible. Seamless e-mail encryption secures confidential messages to any recipient without requiring a dedicated server, thus avoiding the costs associated with most encryption solutions. Furthermore, e-profiling and data discovery and classification allows administrators to classify types of sensitive data, and with centralized data loss policy management, administrators can apply single policies across multiple protocols to protect data-in-motion from loss and policy violations.

For additional redundancy, scalability and maximum uptime, the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 and 1170 appliances come with dynamic on-demand clustering and queue replication, which provides easy replication of configuration settings and messaging queues across multiple systems in minutes, as well as message-level redundancy, which ensures no communications is ever lost and that e-mail security is always up and running.

Like all other WatchGuard XCS appliances, the XCS 770, 970 and 1170 can also take advantage of WatchGuard's innovative in-the-cloud security technology, ReputationAuthority. With 99.99 percent accuracy, ReputationAuthority eliminates up to 98.3 percent of spam e-mail before it ever gets to the network by using DNS blacklists, IP volume, behavior analysis and content inspection. Given that spam e-mail is a major carrier of viruses, phishing and blended threats, having ReputationAuthority pre-screen and eliminate this unwanted traffic makes networks, applications and data better protected as part of WatchGuard's defense-in-depth architecture.

Enterprises can leverage the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 or 1170 to also provide defense-in-depth web content protection. To reduce exposure to web-based threats, administrators can invoke acceptable use and application controls to centrally manage and restrict Internet and application usage with granular policies for users and groups. URL filtering and categorization dynamically analyzes and blocks access to websites based on content policies. With dynamic inspection, real-time content examination and analysis occurs on every web page that enters the network, and with web traffic enhancements, organizations can reduce bandwidth consumption, server loads and web traffic latency.

Pricing and Availability
The WatchGuard XCS series of appliances will be available worldwide from WatchGuard channel partners within 30 days. The WatchGuard XCS 770 is $8,500, the WatchGuard XCS 970 is $40,000 and the WatchGuard XCS 1170 is $60,000; all have no per user license fees. More information 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

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