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WatchGuard Triple Threat in Info-Tech NGFW Vendor Landscape Report

In an increasingly complex network threat landscape, delivering security solutions that stop malware in its tracks requires more sophisticated technologies than ever. Traditional firewalls aren’t enough and only stop a portion of signature-based threats. Today’s unknown threats require Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) solutions that provide complete network security and real-time threat visibility.

When Info-Tech Research recently evaluated the top ten NGFW vendors for its 2014 NGFW Vendor Landscape Report, WatchGuard was more than just a “Champion,” they were also the only vendor given the Value and Trend Setter Awards. Info-Tech noted WatchGuard is only the second vendor to place first in all three evaluation categories in any of the 70+ landscape reports they publish annually.

ChampionWatchGuard’s Fireware XTM Series NGFW was the most highly rated among all vendors and was one of only two vendors to receive the highest designation in the report’s Overall Product category. They found the XTM series “provided an affordable price with a solid and scalable product.” Info-Tech was also impressed by the reporting capabilities of the XTM firewall and called WatchGuard Dimension a “differentiator amongst its competitors.”

The combination of WatchGuard’s innovations like WatchGuard Dimension and its promise to always deliver affordable security solutions for organizations of all sizes, continues to separate them from other vendors.

For this Vendor Landscape, Info-Tech chose the ten vendors with broad capabilities across multiple platforms with a strong market or reputational presence among mid- and large-sized enterprises.

Download the Info-Tech report today: www.WatchGuard.com/InfoTech

How WatchGuard can save you more than half a million dollars

Assessing the potential value of an investment can be challenging. In the face of projections and assumptions, determining real value can require calculations that don’t always include all of the available variables.

So, when we were exploring the best way to provide the market with an economic analysis of our integrated security platform (XTM), we looked to Forrester Principal Consultant Dean Davison, who happens to be an expert on customer solution purchasing and deployment.

The engagement resulted in a comprehensive study of one of our customers, and a recent webinar, which you can view on-demand below. If you don’t have time to watch the video, skip further down for a brief breakdown of the paper and webinar.

It’s not often that a customer allows us to publicly dig into every element of a security deployment, and share ROI with the world. And, well, this time was no different… at least publicly. But fortunately, one of our customers was gracious enough to allow Forrester Consulting to dig deep into all the facts and figures associated with their XTM deployment, as long as it was anonymous. The end result: The Total Economic Impact of WatchGuard XTM for Managing Unified Threat Management.

How was it done? To determine the total cost, Dean worked with a global manufacturing company that deployed WatchGuard XTM to replace a system it had outgrown.

What Forrester found was that over three years, the company would save more than $580,000. In the words of the security manager that we interviewed:

“WatchGuard costs less than [the previous vendor], and the XTM products work like they are supposed to work. WatchGuard identifies the right threats, closes the right doors, and allows me to easily pinpoint the source of security threats.”

One of the benefits of using a true Unified Threat Management platform, such as WatchGuard, is that you are able to unify all of your threat management tools into a single-pane management console. This results in a more efficient management experience. Something our customer was able to prove with his experience. Over several years of using products from the previous vendor, the security manager observed that the its “integrated” products were really a collection of point products from different divisions or acquired companies. WatchGuard utilized a best-of-breed approach to UTM. We have developed a platform that enables you to utilize the best solutions in a simple, easy-to-navigate interface (that just got so much better) and manage your systems through that.

Instead of a UTM solution, the security manager describes getting a hodgepodge of point products that feigned integration but had gaps in features, functions, and capabilities, and that support teams spent more time pointing their fingers at other products or divisions than solving his core problem. This was a dramatic departure from his experience using WatchGuard’s UTM.

The security manager was spending 35 weeks per year (about 73% of his time) troubleshooting threats or intrusions or reacting to problems that — in the security manager’s opinion — should have been addressed by the previous system such as:

  • Receiving notices from broadband carriers about malware that went undetected on the customer’s network.
  • Encountering malware that forced the shutdown of production floors for an average of 20 hours per year.
  • Enduring finger-pointing and a lack of results from customer support teams at the LTV.

But there’s more to this story. We know that the value is in the platform. Simply unifying antivirus, antispam, IPS, URL filtering, app control and more into one box is where the previous vendor had fallen short. WatchGuard brings to the table a management and analysis console that integrates crystal clear data visualization and reporting tools to show threat sources, analyze bandwidth usage and determine security best practices.

Ready to learn how WatchGuard can save your company more than a half million dollars? Simply watch the total cost of ownership webinar now.

Network Security with Virtualization Best Practices

On October 23rd, at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Florida, our own Cory Nachreiner will be speaking on virtualization best practices for network security. His session – Securing Networks in a Virtual, Cloudy World: Virtualization Best Practices – will highlight what you need to know about network security in today’s virtualized IT environment.

Neal MacDonald of Gartner Group has estimated that “60 percent of virtualized servers will be less secure than the physical servers they replace.” MacDonald also identified some of the most common security risks for data center virtualization projects:

  • Information security isn’t initially involved in the virtualization projects
  • A compromise of the virtualization layer could result in the compromise of all hosted workloads
  • Workloads of different trust levels are consolidated onto a single physical server without sufficient separation. Adequate controls on administrative access to the hypervisor (Virtual Machine Monitor) layer and to administrative tools are lacking
  • There is a potential loss of Separation of Duties (SOD) for network and security controls

Traditionally, network security has been designed as a ‘one appliance, one application’ model and designed with physical networking in mind. Firewalls and UTM appliances are leveraged in network designs based on the fundamental notions of:

  • Perimeter enforcement – protecting the “inside” from the “outside” – with network architectures that are built on this separation
  • All traffic flows over physical networks, so security can be implemented by interposing physical devices on the wire

With virtualization, these fundamental assumptions may not be true:

  • Network architectures blur the definition of the “perimeter” with private resources spanning locations in arrangements leveraging VPNs
  • Multiple organizations and applications within a business, and multiple businesses hosted by a service provider, can be on the same side of a physical perimeter
  • Compliance and privacy requirements make it necessary to offer security and auditability between entities within the same virtual infrastructure
  • Mobile users can easily bring malware into a shared infrastructure
  • For service providers, the ability to offer full protection is even more critical when multiple customers are hosted on the same server farm – or even on the same server
  • Physical appliances cannot offer in-line protection in a dynamic virtual infrastructure
  • High-availability and live motion capabilities can mean that applications do not always run on the same physical servers
  • Traffic can pass over virtual-only networks within a server, making it impossible to interpose a physical device

In his presentation, Cory will touch on what you need to know about securing your virtual network, and showcase our latest network security solutions designed for virtualization infrastructures, including the XTMv and the XCSv. So mark your calendars and be sure to stop on by.