White Papers


Classification, Detection, Prevention
Your Most Secure Wi-Fi

This whitepaper focuses on Wi-Fi threats to your network from rogue access points (APs) and clients, unapproved personal smartphones and tablets, ad-hoc connections, client mis-associations and Honeypot APs, denial of service (DoS) attacks, KRACK, and spoofing – and how WatchGuard’s patented WIPS technology provides full-featured protection to ensure you have the most secure Wi-Fi.
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Identify Rogue Access Points with Marker Packet Technology

Some of the most common types of threats to your WLAN come from rogue access points – unauthorized devices that can enter your network to snoop, steal data, and plant malware. Using patented Market Packet™ auto-classification technology, WatchGuard’s Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS) detects and blocks these rogue APs for unprecedented protection. This white paper evaluates WatchGuard WIPS against rogue AP detection techniques used by competitors.
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Defending Against Known, Unknown, and Evasive Threats
with WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response

Hackers are designing malware to be more sophisticated than ever, leveraging zero day threats and evasion techniques to sneak past network defenses undetected. Detecting malware in this virulent threat landscape is vital. In this paper, we explain why traditional approaches to malware detection are failing, and illustrate the importance of a correlated approach that enables you to look at network and endpoint behaviors in tandem to detect and prevent advance malware.
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Keep Ransomware from Scratching at Your Door
How Small-to-Midsize Businesses Can Defend Against the Onslaught of Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is one of the most talked about and publicized security threats in the modern era. What started as a few high-profile attacks caused by a handful of malware variants has developed into a virulent threat landscape in which increasingly unskilled attackers are able to execute highly effective ransomware campaigns against organizations of all sizes and levels of complexity. Small-to-midsize businesses disproportionately fall victim to ransomware, as they often lack the technical skills and tools needed to prevent infection.
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Classification – The Critical Missing Aspect of WIPS

Cyber criminals commonly deploy rogue and unauthorized devices in corporate environments in an attempt to intercept and steal corporate data. Device and AP discovery is pretty standard, but the classification aspect of the process is where the real problem lies. Wrongful classification of an external access point or device as rogue and taking action to isolate that device or access point can have negative consequences ranging from reputation damage to legal implications. Savvy businesses are demanding a smarter classification technology in their wireless intrusion prevention systems.
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Guest Wi-Fi – The Most Valuable Marketing Tool for Physical Businesses

The emergence of sophisticated tools for tracking guest activities over Wi-Fi within a physical location is changing the playing field for marketers and business owners who invest in the right Wi-Fi solution. The best of these tools unlock powerful marketing and business analytics possibilities that can turn a business’s Wi-Fi environment into a potent source of revenue and customer loyalty.
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Avoiding the Acronym Red Herring:
Navigating Market Complexity to Fulfill Security Requirements

The network security industry is in a constant state of evolution, perpetually responding to new technologies and emerging threats. For every newly discovered cyber threat attack vector, yet another security product is developed to address the shortcomings of existing tools. The process is iterative, and the need for these security technologies is cumulative. Each new product developed is added to the security lexicon but rarely, if ever, are existing tools retired. This evolutionary process has been accelerated in recent years, as new products have emerged to address challenges such as mobile devices, cloud services, and advanced malware.
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Meeting PCI DSS v3.2 Merchant Requirements
With WatchGuard UTM and Wireless Solutions

If you are in the retail or hospitality industries, it's important to know exactly how your network security solution maps to PCI DSS standards. This white paper presents a straight-forward review of PCI requirements and how the WatchGuard UTM platform delivers the capabilities you need to ensure mandates are met. Read on...

Advanced Zero Day Protection with APT Blocker

Malware is getting more sophisticated by the day and the number of cyber attacks are increasing at an alarming rate. Hackers are no longer just targeting large corporations, they have set their sights on small-to-midsize businesses as well. This white paper explains how malware has evolved and highlights why anti-virus and traditional sandboxes cannot be the sole solution in protecting a network. Read on...

Navigating the Challenges with Wireless Security

What could possibly supersede our basic needs for food, water, shelter and warmth? The answer is four letters: Wi-Fi! This white paper examines how Wi-Fi drivers like mobility, hotspots, IoT, and cellular offload onto Wi-Fi are shaping the wireless industry, and the unique security challenges that these drivers present. Wireless networks are more accessible than ever before, whether at home, the office, or through a public hotspot, but they are also one of the most common security blind-spots within any organization. Understanding the challenges of Wi-Fi can help you to take advantage of all that wireless access has to offer, without taking on any of the consequences. Read on...

Illuminate Shadow IT and Securely Manage BYOX

In addition to using personal devices for work, employees today are frequently leveraging cloud-based applications and other tools - beyond the oversight of IT. While this practice may increase workforce productivity and can help cut costs, it spells more headaches for IT. WatchGuard delivers the comprehensive network visibility and granular control organizations need to securely enable a BYOX workforce. Learn about the key risks for BYOX, and explore strategies and security solutions for embracing the business productivity aspects of BYOX, while protecting your organization from the potential security pitfalls. Read on...

Maintaining Strong Security and PCI DSS Compliance in a Distributed Retail Environment

It's not only critical that organizations implement the PCI DSS prescribed security measures, they must also be able to clearly demonstrate that they are compliant. WatchGuard provides multi-layered security solutions and reporting tools, including PCI DSS compliance reports, that help support an organization in achieving PCI DSS compliance and keeping networks and cardholder data secure. Read on...

Policy - The Foundation to Business Security

Although setting up a corporate Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) can be daunting, it is the foundation to business security. This white paper addresses why an AUP is not only necessary, it also must be monitored and enforced. Learn how to effectively reduce risks and empower employees. Read on...

Producing Your Network Security Policy

This paper lays out a common-sense approach to writing corporate security policies that makes them easier to draft, maintain, and enforce. Our "question and answer" approach requires no outside consultants. Instead, you can use your in-house knowledge and resources to yield a brief, usable, and - most importantly - understandable policy document, in a reasonable amount of time. Read on...




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