WatchGuard® Technologies has announced the new AP300 for secure wireless access. Designed to work with WatchGuard's Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firebox appliances, the AP300 delivers cutting-edge wireless access with advanced security services to better protect Wi-Fi network users. The AP300 offers the latest 802.11ac standard and a host of new wireless features including Fast Roaming to improve quality for VoIP devices; Fast Handover, which forces ‘sticky’ devices with low signal strength to quickly connect to the next AP; and Band Steering to move devices to the clearer 5GHz band.
Wi-Fi access is becoming ubiquitous in businesses, stores, corporate environments and public spaces, with organisations offering guest Wi-Fi access so customers can go online via their smartphones, laptops and other mobile devices. But as the use of wireless increases, so does the vulnerability to both opportunistic and targeted attacks.
"Organisations across all industries are facing increased pressure from customers, vendors and employees to offer wireless access. Unfortunately, hackers are also constantly trying to gain a foothold into the network," said Ryan Orsi, director of product management at WatchGuard. "Businesses that fail to properly secure their Wi-Fi networks, including guest hotspots, may expose customers, partners and internal users to a variety of risks. The AP300 provides the latest wireless technology and best-in-class security features working together to help protect customers from threats online via Wi-Fi networks."
Security threats that may involve wireless networks include:
WatchGuard protects against these threats, enabling wireless networks to pass traffic through all security services running on the WatchGuard firewall, including anti-virus (AV), Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS), WebBlocker, spamBlocker, App Control, Reputation Enabled Defense, APT Blocker and Data Loss Prevention. Each of these services is managed in a single-pane-of-glass console, and can be enabled without sacrificing speed or throughput.
About WatchGuard TechnologiesWatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry-standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.
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