26 February 2014 – WatchGuard® Technologies, today announced the WatchGuard Firebox® T10 Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution that allows enterprises to extend powerful network security to small office home office (SOHO) environments. With 70 percent of high-value employees working at home at least once a week[i], the new appliance allows network administrators to ensure robust protection of employees who are often managing the companies’ most critical intellectual property. The Firebox T10 features WatchGuard’s cloud-based RapidDeploy capability, which instantly self-configures and begins reporting back to the administrator’s central console as soon as it is plugged in.
“It’s no secret that attackers go for the weakest link when trying to get into a corporate network, and this is often a home office or small office user. Yet, many organisations continue to rely on little or no security,” said Mike Jude, senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “The ability to leverage the power of a UTM solution, like the Firebox T10, in remote locations and manage them from a single, central console, gives IT a powerful tool for administering and enforcing policy. And, it gives them a clear understanding of what’s happening across their network – sum total.”
According to a recent global WatchGuard survey of IT professionals[ii], more than 82 percent allow employees to access the corporate network from a small office or home office location. However, nearly 30 percent do not require a gateway security device. For those that do, only 23 percent require users to use security products similar to those used in the corporate headquarters, with features such as Intrusion Prevention, AntiVirus, Data Loss Prevention, Application Control, AntiSPAM, and more. (Click here to see the complete SOHO security infographic: http://www.watchguard.com/tips-resources/firebox-t10-infographic.asp)
In the same study, WatchGuard also found that 56 percent feel basic VPN access provides the needed protection against today’s SOHO threat landscape. WatchGuard’s director of security strategy, Corey Nachreiner, says that VPN access is not complete security. “VPN access has long been the standard for protecting communications for home-based employees,” said Nachreiner. “However, if your endpoint device is not protected at the same level as your enterprise network, the VPN tunnel simply provides an open window into your business. You need to protect both, and the Firebox T10 is designed to make that easy and cost effective.“
WatchGuard anticipates that the small, cost-effective Firebox T10 solution will also appeal to customers seeking full UTM protection for retail kiosks and outlets that regularly handle credit cards and personal information – and must meet the same stringent PCI compliance standards as larger offices and businesses.
Enhanced Visibility, Capability, Speed
The Firebox T10 not only delivers the same powerful UTM capabilities as the company’s larger models, including the rapid deploy functionality, but it also features the new visibility solution, WatchGuard Dimension. This zero-install, cloud ready tool provides real-time security intelligence, and allows administrators to have big-data-style views of key threats and top site usage across an entire user base. Plus, WatchGuard UTM solutions feature full versions of the industry’s best-of-breed technologies including: AntiSPAM, AntiVirus, and URL filtering.
The Firebox T10 is the industry’s only enterprise-level UTM solution with comprehensive services for the home office at a reasonable price. Lastly, with the Firebox T10 and the full UTM suite on site, users will not experience the latency normally caused by backhauling traffic thorough the corporate servers to ensure protection.
The WatchGuard Firebox T10 is available now. Pricing starts at £200 GBP (pricing may vary depending on region and regulation) – including one full year of UTM protection. For complete information please click here: http://www.watchguard.com/latest/firebox-today-pr.asp
[i] Beyond SOHO – The Future of Work, December 2013, Frost & Sullivan
[ii] Worldwide WatchGuard 2014 Security Professional Survey, February 2014