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WatchGuard Again Recognized as the Only Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls)

WatchGuard believes its continuous product innovation and drive to redefine unified threat management led to its position as the only Visionary

WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced that for the fourth year running, WatchGuard has been positioned as the only company in the Visionaries quadrant of Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for the Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls).

“WatchGuard’s mission is to bring widely deployable security solutions to SMBs and distributed enterprises by way of our channel partners,” said Prakash Panjwani, CEO of WatchGuard Technologies. “Over the past year, we’ve built on the strong foundation we have already established in traditional network security, continuing to rapidly innovate and expand our existing product portfolio with new services like AuthPoint and DNSWatch. We believe WatchGuard’s recognition as a Visionary further validates our tireless commitment to understanding, anticipating and successfully addressing current and emerging security threats for the midmarket before they impact our customers’ businesses.”

Over the past several years, WatchGuard has been driving a fundamental shift in how the market defines the level of protection offered by “unified threat management” solutions, introducing a more holistic security platform that covers the network, authentication, endpoints and wireless environments. Going beyond traditional services like gateway antivirus, IPS, and application control, WatchGuard has introduced groundbreaking services like APT Blocker (cloud sandboxing for advanced malware prevention), Threat Detection and Response (correlation between endpoint and network to detect and respond to advanced malware), and DNSWatch (protection against malicious domains). In addition to these network security advancements, WatchGuard has also launched AuthPoint, a powerful new cloud-based multifactor authentication solution. The company takes pride in its ability to swiftly identify customers’ most pressing security challenges and bring to market new security services that address those ever-evolving threats faster than competitors. WatchGuard believes its product innovation is setting the pace for the rest of the industry, and has led to its consecutive recognition as the only Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls).


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About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in unified cybersecurity. Our Unified Security Platform™ is uniquely designed for managed service providers to deliver world-class security that increases their business scale and velocity while also improving operational efficiency. Trusted by more than 17,000 security resellers and service providers to protect more than 250,000 customers, the company’s award-winning products and services span network security and intelligence, advanced endpoint protection, multi-factor authentication, and secure Wi-Fi. Together, they offer five critical elements of a security platform: comprehensive security, shared knowledge, clarity & control, operational alignment, and automation. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit

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