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WatchGuard Awarded 2010 Channel Chief by Everything Channel's CRN

Director of Global Channel and Field Marketing, Mark Romano, Again Recognized for WatchGuard's Proactive Channel Campaigns and Programs

SEATTLE – February 25, 2010. WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today announced that Mark Romano, Director of Global Channel and Field Marketing, has been named a 2010 Channel Chief by the Everything Channel's CRN. Channel Chiefs are leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution providers; they consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies.

"Being recognized as a Channel Chief is a tremendous honor and is evident of the fact that WatchGuard continues to develop and offer innovative channel programs that move our partners to the front of the pack," said Mark Romano, Director of Global Channel and Field Marketing at WatchGuard Technologies. "With our best in class multifunction firewall solutions, e-mail and content security offerings and stand alone SSL VPN appliances, WatchGuard provides its channel partners with the optimal mix of solutions for their customers' needs."

For the eighth consecutive year the Channel Chiefs were chosen based by Everything Channel editorial on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.

"Being named a Channel Chief is one of the most prestigious honors in the IT industry. This year's Channel Chiefs offers tremendous insight into the who's who of the Channel," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. "Top channel executives consistently ensure that the Channel's voice is heard when strategic decisions are being made and continually nurture mutually profitable relationships. We applaud the 2010 Channel Chiefs for their successful partner programs and strategies."

For additional information on the CRN Channel Chief list, visit www.channelweb.com. The Channel Chief list was published in the February 22, 2010 issue. Likewise, more information about WatchGuard's channel programs is available at: www.watchguard.com/partners.

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 www.watchguard.com.

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

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