WatchGuard Introduces VPN Manager and `One-Click' IPSec VPN Enabled Fireboxes at N+I.Business Editors
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New software takes advantage of special protocol embedded in each
Firebox, enabling "One Click" 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. setup and centralized management
of multiple IPSec VPN connections.
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Internet security is the process of protecting data and privacy of devices connected to internet from information robbery, hacking, malware infection and unwanted software. solutions, today announced the availability of VPN Manager 1.0, powerful new VPN management software that takes advantage of a special protocol now embedded in every Firebox security appliance Security appliances protect computer networks from unwanted data traffic, intruders, email spam, enforce policies, and may also be used to create and manage VPNs. There are a number of types of security appliances. at initialization in·i·tial·ize
tr.v. in·i·tial·ized, in·i·tial·iz·ing, in·i·tial·iz·es Computer Science
1. To set (a starting value of a variable).
2. To prepare (a computer or a printer) for use; boot.
3. , Dynamic VPN Configuration Protocol (DVCP DVCP Dynamic VPN Configuration Protocol ). DVCP simplifies the creation of Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunnels in an Internet distributed enterprise by identifying the necessary configuration settings for a network of Fireboxes and automatically establishing IPSec VPN tunnels between locations. Together, the new DVCP protocol and VPN Manager were created to eliminate the complexities of setting up VPN connections in a distributed enterprise, and to provide safe communication between the corporate headquarters, branch offices and workers at home.
With the WatchGuard system, organizations start by choosing and installing the right Firebox for each office (five models ranging in performance from small offices and telecommuter A person who telecommutes. See telecommuting. sites, to large office with over 5,000 users and requiring more than 90 Mbs throughput). Then, using VPN Manager, IT managers can easily create VPN tunnels between offices, and centrally manage and monitor VPN traffic from the headquarters. Every office with a Firebox also receives automatic software updates and threat responses via WatchGuard's LiveSecurity subscription service.
"Security devices alone do not solve the problem of trying to implement Internet security through a distributed enterprise - it requires good management tools," said Christopher Slatt, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of WatchGuard. "VPN Manager, and DVCP, are important components of the LiveSecurity System that automatically tie all of the WatchGuard Firebox appliances together, allowing an IT manager to create a secure VPN quickly and easily. Our goal is `one click' setup of IPSec VPN. Every Firebox in our product line, from the powerful Firebox II FastVPN to the small office / home office Firebox 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 uses DVCP - so setting up and managing a VPN has never been easier."
DVCP, which stands for Dynamic VPN Configuration Protocol, is a WatchGuard client server protocol that securely transmits IPSec VPN configuration information to WatchGuard Fireboxes. Network administrators use WatchGuard software to define each configuration aspect of the VPN, such as encryption algorithms and how often keys will be negotiated, then the settings are stored on a centrally located DVCP Server. When a Firebox is installed and initialized with software and instructions, a software client on the Firebox contacts the central DVCP server to obtain IPSec policy information using a secure protocol.
Centralized VPN Management
WatchGuard VPN Manager and DVCP-enabled Fireboxes give IT managers the power to easily configure, visualize, and centrally manage multi-site VPNs throughout a distributed network. From a single, graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)
Computer display format that allows the user to select commands, call up files, start programs, and do other routine tasks by using a mouse to point to pictorial symbols (icons) or lists of menu choices on the screen as opposed to having to distributed enterprises with multiple WatchGuard Fireboxes can view the status and location of VPN tunnels, enforce or change security policy settings, and manage VPN tunnels between the headquarters, branch offices and workers at home.
Growth in VPN Usage and Broadband Access See broadband and wireless broadband.
The demand for Virtual Private Networks is growing. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a 1999 report by Infonetics Research, "Access in the US 1999: The Big Picture", by the year 2000 54% of medium-sized organizations are expected to use VPNs to secure site-to-site connections and another 57% percent are expected to use VPNs to secure individual remote access. Of those remote access users, Infonetics expects 23% will use 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 and another 34% will use cable modems to access the Internet (up from 9% and 20%, respectively, in 1998).
Choose the Firebox That's Right for You
WatchGuard provides five different Fireboxes to match the need of any size office.
Firebox II FastVPN
Recommended for large offices requiring up to 5,000 authenticated au·then·ti·cate
tr.v. au·then·ti·cat·ed, au·then·ti·cat·ing, au·then·ti·cates
To establish the authenticity of; prove genuine: a specialist who authenticated the antique samovar. users and intensive VPN use, this top-of-the-line WatchGuard Firebox includes a built-in encryption accelerator card.
Firebox II Plus
Recommended for large offices requiring up to 5,000 authenticated users.
Recommended for medium-sized offices requiring up to 500 authenticated users, typically on a T1 / E1 Internet connection.
Recommended for small branch offices of up to 50 users, this compact unit provides firewall security, VPN, Internet sharing Internet sharing refers to accessing on unlimited dial up services on different telephone lines at different locations at the same time using the same account .The ISP usually sets a limit amount to reduce unauthorized use. It is not possible on broadband because it is only specific to that line. , office networking, and supports DSL, cable modem, and ISDN ISDN
in full Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media. connections.
Recommended for workers at home who are connecting to the corporate network, this compact unit provides firewall security, VPN, Internet sharing, home office networking, and supports DSL, cable modem, and ISDN connections. It includes one pre-assigned VPN connection back to the headquarters.
Pricing and Availability
VPN Manager 1.0 is an option to the LiveSecurity System. It is now shipping at a suggested list price in the U.S. of $995 (for managing 1-4 Fireboxes). The WatchGuard LiveSecurity System with a Firebox II is $4,990, the Firebox SOHO is $449 (VPN optional) and the Firebox Telecommuter is $649 (includes 1 VPN tunnel). Every Firebox includes security software and a 1-year subscription to the LiveSecurity Service.
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, cable modem and ISDN 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 Verb 1. subscribe to - receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day"
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; 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
A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.
See 10-K. , as amended, for the year ended December 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(R) is either a trademark or registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and other countries. Firebox and LiveSecurity are trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.