New Management Features in WatchGuard SOHO Deliver Powerful Protection for Small Offices and Telecommuters.Business Editors/Technology Writers
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WatchGuard SOHO Soho (sōhō`, sə–), district of Westminster, London, England, known for its continental restaurants. Once a fashionable quarter, it became popular among writers and artists in the 19th cent. now offers Web blocking
and control over instant messaging services.
WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:WGRD), a leader in Internet security solutions, today began shipping WatchGuard SOHO 2.1, a new version of its firewall and VPN (Virtual Private Network) A private network that is configured within a public network (a carrier's network or the Internet) in order to take advantage of the economies of scale and management facilities of large networks. solution that protects small office/home office See SOHO. users and telecommuters accessing corporate resources over a broadband Internet connection.
Version 2.1 now provides powerful web blocking capabilities and more flexible management by giving administrators the ability to specify access to popular yet bandwidth intensive services such as NetMeeting(R), IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Computer conferencing on the Internet. There are hundreds of IRC channels on numerous subjects that are hosted on IRC servers around the world. After joining a channel, your messages are broadcast to everyone listening to that channel. (Chat) and ICQ ("I Seek You") A conferencing program for the Internet from Mirabilis, Tel Aviv, Israel (www.icq.com). It provides interactive chat, e-mail and file transfer and can alert you when someone on your predefined list has also come online. (AOL Instant Messenger See AIM. (sm)). The WatchGuard SOHO/tc(a) delivers an added benefit for telecommuters by including one IPSec VPN connection that can secure communications between all users at the site and the corporate headquarters.
The WatchGuard SOHO 2.1 also can be centrally managed by a service provider implementing the WatchGuard for MSS system, the managed security system of choice for over 50 service providers around the world including Deutsche Telekom, Genuity (formerly, GTE GTE General Telephone & Electronics
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KPN Konfederacja Polski Niepodleglej (Polish conservative party) Royal Dutch Telecom, PSInet, Verio and UUNet.
"The security issues of broadband access cannot be overlooked, and organizations both small and large are looking for Looking for
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"Since installing the WatchGuard SOHO a few months ago, it has delivered on its promise of robust security and simple management," said Bud Gray, network administrator for Martin Staffing Resources, a placement agency in Pleasanton, Calif. "The new web blocking feature and expanded filtering capabilities in version 2.1 give us even greater flexibility to manage what we allow through the firewall and keep our network secure."
The WatchGuard SOHO and WatchGuard SOHO/tc deliver complete Internet security with the plug-in Firebox SOHO security appliance, web-based management software and 12 free months of the LiveSecurity Service. Version 2.1 improves management and gives small office administrators an easy way to enforce security policies by specifying which incoming and outgoing services they want to allow through the firewall. Administrators can add their own services or quickly specify access by choosing from a predefined list of services, such as NetMeeting, IRC (Chat) and ICQ (AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. Messenger). Web Blocker, a new software option for the WatchGuard SOHO and WatchGuard SOHO/tc, provides even greater control at the firewall by giving administrators a powerful tool to ensure employee web usage is in compliance with corporate acceptable use policies.
To further simplify installation and configuration, the WatchGuard SOHO and SOHO/tc now offer users the convenience of retrieving information through a searchable online help system, by downloading a PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format. version of the user's manual or by accessing the manual through their personalized LiveSecurity archive. As an added bonus, all LiveSecurity Service subscribers receive valuable information over the Internet to help keep defenses current, including the latest software updates, security editorials, threat responses, virus alerts and updates to the Web Blocker database.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the WatchGuard SOHO is $449 and the WatchGuard SOHO/tc, which includes one IPSec VPN tunnel, is priced at $599. Version 2.1 of the WatchGuard SOHO and WatchGuard SOHO/tc are now shipping. The Web Blocker option is available for an unlimited number of users at the one time fee of $49, annual updates are sent at no additional charge as part of the LiveSecurity Service subscription. For more information, please visit http://www.watchguard.com/products/soho.html.
About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard (Nasdaq:WGRD) is a leader in Internet security solutions and a pioneer in the creation of the plug-and-play Internet security appliance -- the signature red WatchGuard Firebox. With one of the broadest range of Internet security appliances available, WatchGuard offers solutions for large distributed enterprises, small- and mid-sized businesses and DSL DSL
in full Digital Subscriber Line
Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary , cable modem and ISDN ISDN
in full Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media. users. Every WatchGuard system includes the innovative LiveSecurity Service, providing customers with continually up-to-date Internet security and VPN protection. Companies that choose to outsource the management of their Firebox can subscribe to a WatchGuard-based security service, available from over 30 service providers around the world. For more information, please call 206/521-8340 or visit www.watchguard.com.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect WatchGuard's actual results include, but are not limited to, the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K Form 10-K
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See 10-K. , as amended, for the year ended Dec. 31, 1999. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these forward-looking statements that speak only as to the date of this release.
WatchGuard and LiveSecurity are either registered trademarks or trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Firebox is a trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
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