WatchGuard has two booths (#973 and #1453) this year at BlackHat. They feature demos, ransomware research, arcade games, popcorn and Red Bull energy drinks. It’s been busy on the show floor, and thanks to everyone who visited us today. If you haven’t stopped by already, we hope see you tomorrow! The popcorn will be warm, the Red Bull cold, and there will be high scores for the taking in the arcade. Here’s a quick video recapping day one in the booths.
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Securing your network perimeter is only half the battle in today's threat landscape. Malicious actors increasingly target vulnerabilities within your network, often through compromised devices. This is where WatchGuard Technologies' Network Access Enforcement comes in, acting as a powerful gatekeeper ensuring only compliant devices access your network.
What is Network Access Enforcement?
It is a security solution that goes beyond traditional network access control. It enforces specific security policies on devices attempting to connect to your network, regardless of location. This means devices must meet pre-defined security standards, such as:
- Having active antivirus protection.
- Running tools like WatchGuard Endpoint Security.
- Meeting specific operating system patch levels.
- Being free from malware infections.
Only devices that comply with these policies are granted access, while non-compliant devices are blocked, preventing them from threatening your network.
Benefits of Network Access Enforcement:
- Enhanced security: Reduce the risk of malware infections and data breaches by ensuring only secure devices access your network.
- Simplified compliance: Easily enforce security policies across your entire network, including remote devices.
- Improved visibility: Gain insights into the security posture of your devices and identify potential vulnerabilities.
- Reduced workload: Automate device security checks and enforcement, freeing up IT resources for other tasks.
- Policy-based enforcement: Define granular security policies to meet your specific needs.
- Multiple deployment options: Integrate NAE with your WatchGuard Firebox or Access Point and manage it through WatchGuard Cloud.
Ready to Secure Your Network with Confidence?
You are always looking to improve your network security posture, and WatchGuard’s Network Access Enforcement is a powerful tool to add. Don't wait for a security breach to happen – discover more information on Network Access Enforcement in our Help Center or feature brief.
WatchGuard has posted a new maintenance release Fireware 12.10.1u1. This maintenance release notably includes an updated SSO Agent supporting hybrid environments, where a local Active Directory domain controller is used for authentication by the Firebox, and the computers are added to this domain with Azure AD. See details in the Release Notes for a full list of enhancements and resolved issues in this release.
Fireware 12.10 and later releases include updates that improve the resiliency of the connection from the Firebox to WatchGuard Cloud. We strongly recommend customers with Fireboxes connected to WatchGuard Cloud, including for integrations with Authpoint, to upgrade to this release.
Does this release affect me?
Fireware 12.10.1u1is available for:
- T Series: T55 and T70; T20, T40, and T80; T25, T45, and T85
- M Series: M440; M270, M370, M470, M570, and M670; M290, M390, M590, and M690; M4600 and M5600; M4800 and M5800
- Firebox NV5, FireboxV, and Firebox Cloud
How to upgrade
Firmware upgrades are included at no charge with active WatchGuard support subscriptions. The easiest approach is to use WatchGuard Cloud to schedule upgrades for one or many systems. You can also upgrade individual systems directly from within the WebUI. Admins may also download the applicable packages from the WatchGuard Software Download Center.
For Sales or Support questions, you can find phone numbers for your region online. If you contact WatchGuard Technical Support, please have your registered appliance Serial Number or Partner ID available.
We are two weeks from the end-of-life (EOL) date of our Threat Detection and Response service on 30 September 2023. As this date approaches, it is essential to understand how the EOL may affect you.
Threat Detection and Response (TDR) end-of-life timeline:
- 30 September 2023 – The TDR user interface in WatchGuard Cloud will no longer be available, and therefore, the Threat Detection options in the Monitor or Configure menus are not visible. The Host Sensor License pages are also not visible on the Inventory menu. TDR Host Sensors will continue to function, but you will no longer be able to view, remediate indicators, or generate reports. Your ability to upgrade Host Sensors to WatchGuard Endpoint Security from WatchGuard Cloud remains enabled.
- 28 October 2023 – WatchGuard will automatically uninstall heart beating Host Sensors that have not upgraded to WatchGuard Endpoint Security.
- 1 December 2023 – The TDR service ceases to function, and any remaining Host Sensors must be uninstalled manually.
For more information about the upgrade process or for more guidance on what you should do ahead of 30 September 2023, please refer to this previous post: End of Life Timeline for TDR starting 30 September 2023
Please get in touch with your authorized WatchGuard representative for answers to any remaining questions. Thank you.
The WatchGuard Product team