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WatchGuard XCS 770 Takes Top Honors from SC Magazine

WatchGuard XCS 770 Gets 5-Star Review and Coveted "Recommended" Award

SEATTLE – March 22, 2010. WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader of business security solutions, today announced that the WatchGuard XCS 770 received top honors from SC Magazine, the leading authority on IT security. The WatchGuard XCS 770 received 5-stars in all the review categories: Features, Performance, Ease of use, Documentation, Support, Value for Money, and Overall Rating. Additionally, SC Magazine gave the WatchGuard XCS 770 their prized SC Magazine "Recommended" award in this group test of e-mail security solutions.

"As a leader of multifunction firewalls and VPN solutions, WatchGuard is pleased to receive SC Magazine's Recommendation for our new extensible content security gateway, the XCS 770," said Eric Aarrestad, Vice President of Marketing at WatchGuard Technologies. "As evidence of this award, the XCS 770 is the superior choice for mid-market and enterprise organizations who want the best in e-mail and content security protection."

The verdict on the WatchGuard XCS 770 from SC Magazine is, "A solid set of features for enterprise environments looking to converge security and content management into one solution. We grant this product our Recommended designation."

WatchGuard XCS 770 – Failsafe Enterprise Messaging Security
Designed and optimized for networks with 4,000 users, the WatchGuard XCS 770 offers unparalleled performance, efficacy and reliability. Leveraging an advanced anti-spam engine that examines sender information and content, including images, attachments and embedded URLs, the XCS 770 conducts 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 provides 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 includes 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 comes 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 can take advantage of WatchGuard's innovative in-the-cloud security technology, ReputationAuthority. WatchGuard 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 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.

The SC Magazine Review of the WatchGuard XCS 770 is available at: http://www.scmagazineus.com/watchguard-technologies-xcs-770/review/3115/ More information about the XCS 770 is available at: http://www.watchguard.com/products/xcs-770-970-1170/overview.asp

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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